Report: Grizzlies Shopping Zach Randolph To Pelicans
Zach Radolph had talked about retiring with the Memphis Grizzlies, his mercurial ownership may have other plans.
According to Bleacher Report, the Grizzlies are shopping Zach Randolph, and the New Orleans Pelicans are said to have plenty of interest.
Several sources said the Grizzlies are currently shopping power forward Zach Randolph, and two of them are hearing there’s a destination and main trade piece involved: New Orleans and stretch-4 Ryan Anderson, who’s averaging a team-high 21.7 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting from three-point range.
“A trade centered around Randolph and Anderson should happen down the line this season,” one source said.
Randolph wants to stay put; he told ESPN.com last month that he would “like to retire (in Memphis).” In fact, he’s so committed to the city that on Wednesday the NBA presented him with the November Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable efforts and contributions in the community.
But Randolph is 32—seven years older than Anderson—and the Grizzlies likely don’t want to pick up his expensive $16.9 million player option for 2014-15. They’re a capped-out team that sees promise in younger power forward Ed Davis, who’s a restricted free agent.
Anderson, 25, leads the Pelicans with 21.7 points per game and is a three-point threat hitting 47.7 percent from behind the line.
Very interesting trade scenario.
I’m not sure it puts either team, or Randolph any closer to a championship.