The Memphis Grizzlies are known for their “Grit ‘N Grind” style on the court, where they try to beat opponents with their defense. For the 2016-2017 NBA season, the team is expected to have a shift in their style and will emphasize more on offense with their core of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons.
Will the Grizzlies let go of veteran power forward Zach Randolph, who may not fit into the new offensive system in Memphis?
According to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, the Grizzlies will move Randolph to the bench and start young forward JaMychal Green at the power forward spot. The move was confirmed by new Grizzles head coach David Fizdale.
“Let’s not beat around the bush. He can be 6th man of the year,” Fizdale said in the article about Randolph’s new role for the team.
Memphis will likely feature a starting line-up of Conley, Parsons, Tony Allen, Green and Gasol. Randolph coming off the bench for the Grizzlies means an additional scoring option for their second unit.
However, this could also mean that Memphis might be considering trading the big man since they are entering a new era in the franchise. Randolph’s contract will also expire after the 2016-2017 NBA Season. It’s not likely that Memphis re-signs him since he’s already 35 years old.
Randolph has still value on the court, with his scoring and rebounding. Memphis will only give up the big man if they get a veteran who can assume Randolph’s sixth man role.
Other teams who may want to cut ties with players with big salaries might be attracted to Randolph’s expiring contract. If the Grizzlies offer a future first rounder with Randolph, it could be an attractive offer for another squad.
Randolph was ok with his new role in Memphis.
There are no specific NBA trade rumors involving Randolph this offseason but the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are two teams with weak spots at the PF position.
If the Grizzlies play well at the start of the regular season and see that they don’t need Randolph anymore, he’d be among the candidates for trades near the NBA trade deadline in February.
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