In Part One, we examined the case that was made much of last season and in the offseason that the team didn’t need Rudy Gay due to how well the team played without him, his big contract, and quite frankly, just because trade talk is fun. Today, we’ll look at the other side of the coin, given how well the team is playing sans Zach Randolph. After all, turnabout is fair play, right? So, what if they decided to trade Z-Bo, rather than paying him all that money when the team is able to keep on rolling without him?
A King’s Ransom
Memphis gets: Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins, J.J. Hickson
Sacramento gets: Zach Randolph, Sam Young
Memphis would get two big bodies in return for Z-Bo, as well as a solid SG in Thornton which would make re-signing O.J. Mayo unnecessary. Also, Hickson is an expiring deal, so they would be able to sign a backup PG with those savings. Cousins has been something of a head case, but so was Zach at one time. Talent > Attitude on Beale Street though, where it is Lionel Hollins’ team, and what he says goes.
A Legend Returns (suggested to me this week)
Memphis gets: Greg Monroe, Ben Gordon, Will Bynum
Detroit gets: Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo
Obviously, Monroe is the prize in this deal, but in order to get him, you pretty much have to take either Gordon or Tayshaun Prince off of the Pistons’ hands for them. Otherwise, this would just be Monroe and Rodney Stuckey for Z-Bo. The last thing this team needs is another SF, so we opt for the former UConn standout. That makes Mayo somewhat superfluous, so we include him in the deal and get Bynum as a potential veteran backup PG. This sends Zach back to the state of Michigan, where he was a college star and national champion. Monroe is still on his rookie deal, so he’d be “cheap” for another couple of years.
Another Inter-Divisional Trade With Houston
Memphis gets: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic
Houston gets: Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo, Jeremy Pargo
We make a trade with Houston every year anyways, right? This one is intriguing for a variety of reasons, not the least of which because we’d see Z-Bo 4 times per year if it happened. Martin > Mayo; Randolph > Scola; Dragic > Pargo. I think we can all agree on that. Dragic comes off the books this summer, but could be re-signed for a reasonable price if he pans out. Martin is a free agent after next season, and is capable of being a starter or 6th man at the SG spot. Scola is one of those guys you love when he is on your team, but hate when he plays for the other guys. He’d be great at both post positions, too. I actually kinda like this one….which is why it would never ever happen, of course.
The Return of Gasol
Memphis gets: Pau Gasol
Los Angeles gets: Zach Randolph
C’mon, you know it had to be said. And you cannot tell me that you’re not intrigued by the thought of seeing what the Gasol brothers could do as a tandem in the NBA, rather than opponents.
No…that’s actually everyone’s blood pressure shooting through the roof.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Memphis gets: Chris Duhon, Ryan Anderson, ……oh yeah, Dwight Howard
Orlando gets: Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo, Marreese Speights
Yeah, the title says it all, but it’s fun to dream, right? Orlando is likely to lose him anyways, so why not get a more complete player in return, if not as good of a player? Memphis also gives up two talented young players in return for two scrubs, but when you’re getting the best center in the game, that tends to happen. Throw in a future draft pick or two, and OKC fully craps their pants……and so does Miami. Chicago doesn’t — because they have a hard-nosed coach, just like the Grizzlies do. Everyone else cries into their pillow.
In our next installment, we’ll examine several smaller trades that might actually occur before next week’s trade deadline. As always, leave your thoughts and/or trade proposals in the comments section.