The Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of re-building their team. Recently, Rudy Gay was traded to the Toronto Raptors. This move broke up their “Big Three,” which consisted of Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Memphis has arguably one of the best front courts in the NBA; however, this will not catapult them to a championship anytime soon. Right now, Memphis currently starts Mike Conley, Jr., Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
This line-up is competitive, but you must consider the fact that Memphis has to go through the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors in order to make an NBA Finals. All of these teams have identities, whereas Memphis is starting from scratch in a way.
I propose that Memphis trade Gasol while he has a great deal of value. Randolph is more valuable than Gasol. Randolph is the team leader in points (15.6) and rebounds (11.7). With Gay gone to Canada, I expect for Randolph’s numbers to increase.
However, Memphis needs a player who is going to open up the offense for Randolph down low. Memphis lacks a scoring shooting guard or small forward who can do this. J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic) would be great fit in Memphis. The Denver Nuggets have two players in Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler, who are ready to contribute a lot more. These players are worthy of more minutes.
Trading Gasol is a must for Memphis, and Randolph’s versatility is ideal for being the franchise player.