As the NBA Trade Deadline nears next week, numerous rumors are circulating that the Orlando Magic are trying to land Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies PF would give them an additional post player alongside Dwight Howard. When D-Ho is in foul trouble, the Magic often struggle. Randolph has always been one of the more talented low-post scorers (career 17.5ppg), and is an effective rebounder (career 9.1rpg). While in Memphis, he has often drawn double teams, but with the best center in the league next to him, he should be able to exploit one-on-one matchups. This will also give help to Howard offensively, who sees double teams more than any other post player in the game.
The rumors also indicate that the Magic are trying to unload the player formerly known as Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas, and his bloated long-term contract. The Magic acquired Arenas in a multi-player deal earlier this season and has disappointed while averaging only 8 ppg on 35% shooting. Arenas would be the key player involved from the Magic side in order to get the deal done. It is unknown what other players may be involved.
If this trade was to come to fruition, it would indicate for the second time in recent years that Grizzlies GM, Chris Wallace, unloaded an All-Star PF for lesser talent. He would also be dumping the expiring contract of Randolph in return for Arenas’ deal. That should go over well with the rest of the league and the Grizzlies’ fans.