The Grizzlies are actively seeking trades that would add athleticism on the wing and improve the team in the short term, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Berger also hears from sources who expect Zach Randolph to turn down his more than $16.9MM player option for next season in search of a long-term deal this summer.
Memphis, just 12-15, has lost starting wings Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince to injuries for stretches this season, while backup wing Quincy Pondexter is out for the year with a broken foot. A report earlier this week indicated the team is looking to shake up its roster and offered Jerryd Bayless to the Lakers for a package that would have included Jodie Meeks.
Berger indicates that Memphis wants to see how far its core of Allen, Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley can take it for now and build around Gasol and Conley for the future. The Grizzlies would be in the mix to retain Randolph if he opts out, according to Berger. The team doesn’t want to lose Randolph without compensation, but unless he tells Grizzlies management that he intends to leave, it doesn’t appear there’s a pressing need to trade him this season, Berger writes.
The Grizzlies have several trade exceptions at their disposal, the largest of which is worth a little more than $2MM. Memphis is about $3.5MM clear of luxury tax territory, so there should be enough flexibility for the team to strengthen its bench, if nothing else.