It’s no secret that the Memphis Grizzlies have one of the best big-man duos of the entire NBA. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are arguably the best defensive big-man duo in the league, and they are also surging on offense. Thanks to them the Grizzlies have found much success during the last few seasons. In 2012-2013 they made it to the Western Conference Finals. Nonetheless, is it now the time for the Grizzlies to trade away Z-Bo? Let’s break down.
First of all, it’s obvious that Randolph is very productive. The 32-year old forceful forward is averaging 17.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest. In fact, almost every night he is able to record a double-double. As of recently, he has put up some huge performances, including a 23-point and 20-rebound output in the Grizzlies’ latest game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Randolph is also shooting well from the floor, 44.5 percent up to now in the season. So one could wonder why he should be traded away.
Z-Bo has $16.5 million player option for the upcoming season and he still hasn’t clarified if he will exercise it. There are some chances he decides to stay in Memphis or he could hit the free-agency. As a matter of fact, this might be Randolph’s last chance to chase a maximum contract because, at the age of 32, time is not on his side.
It would be really difficult for the Grizzlies to agree on a maximum deal with him. Whilst Z-Bo is certainly a valuable member of the team, one of the most important players on both ends of the floor, Memphis might need and also want to seek for an upgrade, a more impactful star moving forward.
As of lately, some rumors stated that the Grizzlies were considering a trade for Randolph. A possible scenario would send the 6’9” forward to New Orleans in exchange for Ryan Anderson. In addition, the Grizzlies do have some young emerging players they can count on. Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis are constantly improving their respective performances and they might continue to do so if they see more playing time.
Another team that is linked to Zach Randolph is the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki’s contract is expiring this summer and so do the contracts of Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. As a result, the Mavs will have much cap space but that is also a reason why they won’t choose to trade for Randolph but on the contrary, wait for him or another star to come for free through free-agency.
The big question for the Memphis Grizzlies right now is if they should choose to seek for a trade around Z-Bo or risk losing him for no exchange this summer or the next one. He certainly is a very important asset for the team and the Grizzlies could receive another big asset in return, maybe a star or first-round picks. For now, Grizzlies fans can continue enjoying Zach Randolph dominate with his game every time he is on the floor.