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    Memphis and Randolph: At first you hear the Memphis Grizzlies and rumors that they have interest in Zach Randolph, and it's easy to dismiss. Come on there is no way you saddle a young team and a young coach with the "Black Hole" of basketball - the ball goes in, and it never comes out. Then you listen to the logic from sources in Memphis and you wonder are the Grizz really willing to make the leap? The logic behind the Zach Randolph to Memphis rumors is simply trading bad for bad. If the Grizzlies can get New York to take on some of Memphis' unwanted contracts, then it's worth looking at. The rumor as it stands is Memphis would assume the remaining three years and $43.9 million on Zach's deal, with a 2008-2009 salary of just under $14.7 million. If the Grizz could send out the final two years and $14.5 million owed to Darko Milicic and the final two years and $18.7 owed to Antoine Walker, it seems like that's what Memphis is looking at. Marko Jaric's boat anchor of a deal could easily be subbed in for Walker, because you can argue that Walker's contract, which is the highest on the team is the best deal, as the final year is a non-guaranteed year. Why Zach? Let's face it, he can still play and play at a very high level. If you talk with people in Portland, almost everyone says Zach is a follower, he is going to go with the crowd, and the young guys in Memphis might be just the right catalyst to get the most out of Zach, hence the discussion. The Grizzlies are not going to do New York any favors, but Zach's deal is a three-year deal, putting the Knicks on the hook for more than $17 million into 2011, which is not where they want to be. Memphis on the other hand even with Zach in town, still look to have plenty of cap space regardless as Zach would be the only really big deal the team holds, and then you factor in the trade value of an ending $17 million deal, and Memphis could be in a good place – if Zach doesn't poison the team. Everyone who has played with Zach loves him, so as a team mate it's an easy move, but from a basketball perspective there is some risk, and that's why there has not been a deal, but it's not farfetched to believe the Grizzlies are pondering it, sources close to the club were adamant not to dismiss the notion, as they say it's being discussed.

    So it looks like Memphis wants us to take on 2 bad contracts for Z-Bo but Walsh will try to pull one of Memphis' young, upcoming PGs as well or if we are f#ckin' lucky maybe OJ lol

    Darko has 2 more yrs on his contract $7 mil in 08/09 and $7.5mil in 09/10
    Walker has 2 more yrs on his contract $9mil in 08/09 and a team option to send him to Free Agency in 09/10 paying him $10 mil.

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    So it looks like Memphis wants us to take on 2 bad contracts for Z-Bo but Walsh will try to pull one of Memphis' young, upcoming PGs as well or if we are f#ckin' lucky maybe OJ lol

    Darko has 2 more yrs on his contract $7 mil in 08/09 and $7.5mil in 09/10
    Walker has 2 more yrs on his contract $9mil in 08/09 and a team option to send him to Free Agency in 09/10 paying him $10 mil.
    Nice find. The salaries don't need to match since Memphis is under the cap. Does anybody know about Javaris Crittenton? Would Memphis be willing to part with him, and is he worth it, as a point guard?

    I would prefer Eddy for Darko, and Zach for Wally Z. That would take care of our salary cap issues immediately, but I'm ok with Zach for Darko and somebody else. At least we know the Knicks are talking. I was getting worried.

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    Seems like they've been talking forever, but they don't pull the trigger. It would provide salary cap relief, it would be nice if they threw in a PG.

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    Yea I guess they really want to add a low post scorer but at the same time they are worried that Z-bo might corrupt their young players...

    Adding Z-Bo would give them a nice squad tho

    PG: Conley
    SG: OJ
    SF: Warrick
    PF: Zach
    C: Marc Gasol

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    Originally Posted by Trin_Starr
    Yea I guess they really want to add a low post scorer but at the same time they are worried that Z-bo might corrupt their young players...

    Adding Z-Bo would give them a nice squad tho

    PG: Conley
    SG: OJ
    SF: Warrick
    PF: Zach
    C: Marc Gasol
    You forgot about Rudy Gay.

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    not too sure this deal will happen. it is true that Memphis and NY have kept in contact especially since the draft BUT you have to remember Memphis' head coach is Marc Iavaroni the same one that coached under Coach D in PHX. They have pretty much the same style of coaching and if Mike D doesnt like Randolph who is to say Marc I would.

    We all forget that Zach is still a very good player. and i think he could thrive in both offenses with that being said Memphis (after the Minny deal) is looking shifty. they got their player in Mayo BUT they also got Antoine Walker's contract, Greg Buckners and marco jarics. so it seems they are willing to add a contract to "make the team better" (much like Isiah did BARF) eventually and Zach could be the same case except that he actually would help the team immediately.

    with saying that im undecided on the trade. Darko comes off in two years, and Walker the next. so itd be instant cap relief especially if we can add another contract IF we could do that id be all for it. if we could swing a Randolph & say Jerome James trade id definitely be down. but at this rate unless a young player is added (which we dont really need another guard this side of OJ Mayo) i dont see this as too exciting of a trade option.

    we have two years until that big draft class comes out.. i say dont rush it. lets see if these players we talk down upon can raise their stock. whats the worst that can happen? haha

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    id do that trade like yesterday. darko and id take walker's contract too. he has a team option for the last two years of his three year deal. so we can drop him after the season. i like bucker too. reminds me a little of bowen good defender and has recently develop a 3pt shot

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