Zach Randolph is one of the talented power forwards in the league, but his tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies has always been a frustration. Trade rumors suggest the Grizzlies will send Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers for J.J. Redick and Brandon Bass.
Randolph, 35, maybe looking at the twilight of his career as he embraces his new role on the Grizzlies roster that is coming off the bench. With one more year left on his contract with the Grizzlies, a trade move is inevitable.
The deal with the Clippers is plausible with Randolph bringing his solid game as Blake Griffin’s backup. Randolph averages 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds a game and those are huge numbers that could lead the Clippers’ second unit.
For the Grizzlies, Fizdale is setting up a new system and hopes that the players adjust to it perfectly. In getting both Redick and Bass, Fizdale could use them in the team’s elite second unit. Fizdale wants to emphasize that players coming off the bench are not different from the players in the starting line-up.
However, Redick’s average of 16.3 points with 1.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds a game could earn him a spot in the team’s starting five. Redick’s numbers are far better than that of D.J. Stephens and Chris Crawford combined.
Bass, for his part, could use his experience in helping out JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin in the forward position. In his tenure in the Clippers, Bass averages 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds playing as Griffin’s backup.
Both the Clippers and the Grizzlies are hoping to improve their respective performance last season. With the possible roster changes, it could be a make or break for both teams but at least they tried to discuss issues that needed immediate solutions for the coming season.
Randolph may see his value dwindle down but it won’t stop him from ending his NBA career with a loud bang. The trade could be the start as he could re-ignite it in Los Angeles where stars do shine. He could be one cause that Doc Rivers is looking to push them through the playoffs.
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