Zach Randolph will likely become a free agent after this season. He has a player-option for $16.9 million next season, but it’s expected that he’ll decide to opt-out to look for a longer termed contract, mostly because it could be his last chance at a big pay day.
Should the Memphis Grizzlies trade him? Well, they’re one step ahead of us. In fact, they already know who they want.
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.
It seems that Anderson is a very desired person recently. Rumors are that the Houston Rockets originally wanted him in exchange for Omer Asik, but it appears that has settled down a bit, after they realized it wasn’t going to happen. But if the Pelicans weren’t interested in trading Anderson for a young Asik, why would they be interested in an older Randolph?
Doesn’t make much sense to me, but expect to see continuous rumors regarding a Randolph trade. I think there’s a much higher probability for Randolph to get traded than Anderson. Just a hunch.