Reports are surfacing that Zach Randolph backed the trade of former teammate, Rudy Gay, to the Toronto Raptors. In the past, there have been rumblings that the two individuals did not like each other. I cannot confirm this, although I can confirm what Randolph said about the trade. During a media session at the Hilton America’s hotel during All-Star Weekend, Randolph reportedly replied, “I definitely do” when he was asked if he agreed with the Memphis Grizzlies‘ team chairman, Robert Pera. Pera’s comments centered on his belief that Memphis is better set for the playoffs without Gay. Kyle Veazey at the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported this.
Some people viewed Rudy Gay as the best player on Memphis’ roster, while other people feel as though Randolph and Marc Gasol are the best players on the team. I believe that the trade was a good one, because Memphis freed up money that can be allowed to pursue a player in the off-season. In addition, they literally have nothing to lose. Memphis is ranked No. 4 in the Western Conference. A mid-season could catapult them into the championship. This is what happened with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. They made a trade for Rasheed Wallace. Next thing you know, they almost swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
The strength of the Memphis Grizzlies is in their low post. Getting rid of Gay allows Memphis to explore their low post more. I actually agree with Pera and Randolph. The addition of Tayshaun Prince may actually make Memphis a better defensive team. In addition, Prince does not need the ball on offense in order to be effective.