Who knows if we ever trade Zach, and regardless of his skill level his salary is what is killing our cap, so for sure he is being shopped. So I decided to see who some potential suitors could be
I'm basing my opinion on the strength of inside scoring needs, cohesiveness, salary cap, and trade chips for the Knicks
Seatle....I mean O.K.
Westbrook, Durant, and Green are the future of the squad. The problem is the latter two play the same postion. They do have Wilcox, but his numbers have dipped every year he has been with the team, and Zach would be a upgrade for sure. Chris Wilxcox and Donyelle Marshall and a throw away player would be enough to make the numbers work. Not to mention Chris Wilcox is a PF built for Dantoni style B Ball. But is there concern in bringing Zach around their rising young stars? I say no, with young players like Mayo who could be led astray there is more of a risk of adding a Zach Randolph to your team. Green,Westbrook, and Durant arent problem kids so there isnt much concern there.
Need for Zach on a scale of 1-10: 7.5
Went after Josh Smith, rumored to be talking to The Knicks about acquiring Zach. The problem is that they have two scorers in Gay and Mayo, could they use another. They do however lack a post presence but I think they need more of a shot blocking,rebounding PF who scores off of put backs not a isolation post player like Zach. But the fact remains this team is anemic up front and Zach is the best player on the block.
Need for Zach on a scale of 1-10: 7.0
Well Zach was there first choice when Elton bolted. An offer was made for Zach, the offer was not accepted and now they have Camby. Camby and Kaman is a great front court in terms of team D, but is leaves much to be desired on offense. Baron Davis,Elton Brand, and Kaman were supposed to be a "Big Three" in LA, Baron,Kaman, and Camby doesnt have that same sort of ring to it. Not to say Zach is as good Brand, but it better compliments what they were trying create when they got Baron Davis. The Clips and Knicks can still make a deal for Camby and Zach so them getting Zach is still not toatally out of the question
Need for Zach on a scale of 1-10: 7.8
This just in....The Cavs have traded Joe Smith! Joe Smith was there only scoring threat from the 4 spot in the playoffs. Z is getting old and does the majority of his scoring on J's,Ben Wallace who never was a player to rely on offensively is a major liability. This team literally has no low post offensive options. Lebron needs someone else to help him carry the load, and I really do think that Zach could be that type of player. Zach would just feast on the opportunities that Lebron would create for him, and his ability to knock down the Jumper spreads the floor for Lebron to do his thing. They have Wally Z contract that gets this deal done straight up. Here is the catch....the whole world knows that we want Lebron and this deal puts us in very good postion do go get him. I say if you surround Lebron with a winning team then he isnt going nowhere, I'm not saying Zach turns them into a Title Contender but it makes them much better and does put them one player away from a Championship contender.
Need for Zach on a scale of 1-10: 8.5