Dec 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson (33) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Grizzlies, Pelicans talking Randolph/Anderson swap?

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.

[Bleacher Report]

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.



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