Are the Grizzlies shopping Zach Randolph?
No matter how many times Mike Conley, Lionel Hollins or anyone else pleads to the front office of the Grizzlies to keep the crew in Memphis together, trade rumors will continue to circulate.
Rudy Gay has been the hottest name in the rumor mill, but according to a tweet by NBA reporter Alex Kennedy, Zach Randolph may be the odd one out in Memphis:
Source says that the Memphis Grizzlies may keep Rudy Gay, and instead trade Zach Randolph to the Houston Rockets. Houston loves Randolph.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 20, 2013
The owners of the Grizzlies want to avoid paying luxury tax penalties, which means that one of the bigger contracts would have to be moved.
It seems as though the Grizzlies are not blown away by the offers for Rudy Gay, but Zach Randolph could have even higher trade value around the league.
According to Kennedy, the Rockets are interested in Randolph, but do they have anything to offer in return? Houston has a great deal of cap space going into next season, so naturally they don’t have too many major contracts in the books.
A deal between the two teams would almost definitely have to include Omer Asik with additional pieces. The deal could make sense for Memphis if the Rockets would throw in Chandler Parsons into the deal. Parsons is averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, yet earns less than $1M per year for the next 3 years.
In return, Houston would get a double-double machine in Randolph, which would certainly help the team in its the pursuit of a playoff spot.
Pacers not looking to deal David West
David West is having a considerably better season than last year, averaging 16.6 points and 8 rebounds per game. He is also in the last year of his $10M contract.
According to a FOX Sports Ohio report, the Pacers feel like they can retain West, despite the fact that he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
West is an important piece to this Indiana team, and the Pacers are most likely making the right decision by not listening to any trade offers for the 32-year-old.
List of teams interested in Paul Millsap getting longer?
According to the same report, quite a few teams are interested in acquiring the services of Utah’s Paul Millsap:
Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Denver are among the teams that might make a play for Utah forward Paul Millsap at the deadline. Millsap’s contract expires at season’s end. Most teams interested in obtaining Millsap, however, would do so with the intent of offering him an immediate extension.
It has been rumored for a while that either Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson will quite likely be traded before the deadline, as both will be free agents this summer. Since Millsap is generally quite popular in Utah, Jefferson has been the target of most rumors, but it seems as though the list of teams inquiring about Millsap is getting longer.
All the 3 teams that are mentioned above have lucrative pieces to offer in return for Millsap, but would have to convince him to make a long term commitment before pulling the trigger.
It has been rumored for a while that the Bucks would like to split up the backcourt and deal either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings, making a swap a possibility. The Denver Nuggets could offer the Jazz Danilo Gallinari’s contract or a combination of team’s lesser contracts. Brooklyn Nets would probably have the toughest time trying to pull off a deal for Millsap, as most of the Nets’ players are signed to long-term contracts, none of which are particularly attractive.
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