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Trading one Knick reject for another

Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:19 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2009 11:34 pm

There must be more than meets the eye when it comes to the trade reported by the Los Angeles Times in which the Clippers send Zach Randolph to the Memphis Grizzlies for Quentin Richardson. Z-Bo makes $6.6 million more than Q-Rich and has two years left on his contract as opposed to Richardson's one. Memphis is under the cap, so the trade doesn't have to satisfy the 125 percent rule. Still, the Clippers should feel fortunate to have found such a willing taker.

But let's not let that get in the way of our euphoria -- our flat-out ecstasy -- over this trade.

Quentin Richardson was one of the first bad contracts acquired by Isiah Thomas when he took over as president of the Knicks. Zach Randolph was another one. One of the worst. It was a miracle that Isiah was there to take Z-Bo from the Clippers Blazers on draft night a couple of years ago.

Now we have one bad Knicks contract traded for another one. Eureka! Mike Dunleavy and Chris Wallace, the respective GMs, have found the holy grail. Next they will pay down the federal debt, cure cancer, and meet in the Western Conference Finals.

We should all enjoy this moment, but we should be a little bit afraid. Trading one Isiah production for another is sort of like Desmond forgetting to push the button on Lost. This trade could unleash a tidal wave of forces way beyond our comprehension and control.

What's next? Eddy Curry for Jerome James?

But I digress. The real, honest-to-God basketball significance of this trade is two-fold. One, for some reason, the Grizzlies have decided to do the Clippers a favor by taking back Randolph, with two years left on his contract, in exchange for Richardson, who has only one year left. So as I mentioned, there has to be something else going on here. And two, the Grizzlies are officially out of the David Lee sweepstakes. With Randolph at power forward, the Grizzlies have no use for the Knicks' restricted free agent.

So to recap: A trade involving one obscene contract previously acquired by Isiah Thomas for another obscene contract previously acquired by Isiah Thomas results in a trade that ... helps the Knicks?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. And throw some salt over your shoulder while you're at it.


Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 7:58 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

Even with the addition of zach the grizzlies payroll will go up to 45 million you add in the rookies another 5 to 7 million that will total 52 million the cap is 65 plus another 5 million for the threshold so 12 to 15 million will still be open so if zach doesn't work out he will be off the books in two years. So it makes good sense to use your cap space on someone that will give you 20 pts and 10 rebs in the post. Not everyone wants to play for the knicks if that were the case they wouldn't be losing every single year like they have been,

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 7:54 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

For those people that lack some knowledge and need a little guidance !! ......

On June 28, 2007, Randolph, along with , and draft rights to , were traded to the Knicks in a draft day deal for , , and a .<sup id="cite_ref-0" class="reference"></sup> On July 2, 2007, Randolph was introduced at a press conference in New York<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"></sup>, where he revealed he would wear the jersey #50.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 4:27 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

Yeah, guys, Zach Randolph is Vin Baker, another soft 20-10 guy who made his team worse and coaches cringed every time they'd come into a room. Randolph would do well on a team that needed a scorer and wasn't in any rush to win. He'd fit right in. He drove the Jail Blazers nuts, almost out-crazying Bonzi Wells in his youth.

By the way, armchair editors and publishers: if you want pure facts for your sports, go to the AP wire. The nature of this website is to make offseason moves and player statistics interesting. Writers get the opportunity to speculate here, which can be informative. And the reason these guys are pros is that they actually do have league contacts who inform their opinions, sometimes by going off the record. Not sure if it was a good move by Berger to say how overworked he is, but then again he has been marathon posting on this site since draft night and free agency began. Doesn't Mike Freeman write NBA? Wait, sorry, don't get any ideas CBS, the less of that guy the better.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 2:00 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

If Chris Bosh isn't a #1 to build around, then how many players to build around are there. What just Dwayne Wade, Lebron, Kobe, CP3, Howard? Bosh is a #1 PF.  He cant win alone but hmm....could Lebron the King? No.  Give Bosh a true Center next to him and havoc will for the other team will result. Also, just a shout out to Jose Calderon.  Lead the East in assists, shoot perfect from the line and you won't make the all star team bc you play in Canada but he is a damn good pure point.  Seriously, if Bosh isnt a #1 then how many are there and who?

Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 1:44 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

Thank god someone on this board gets it. The guy is actualy definition of a cancer. You are now adding him to a team of all young players, 1 of which is Gay who doesn't seem to care as it is, I can only imagine the great influence Randolph will have on him. To those who say he will work good with Thabeet because one is a good scorer and the other is a good defender, that actually makes no sense because you are still playing 4 on 5 on both ends of the court now (neither is capable of covering the laspses of the other, htough if Thabeet develops an offensive game my point is no longer valid). Also Randolph has good offensive skills but it is not like he is part of an offense, he only works by getting the ball and trying to score, he doesn't involve others at all, so odds are he will inhibit Mayo and Gay. The Clippers made out like bandits, considering they got rid of a guy that almost everyone thought was immovable, and now th eGrizzlies lost their only asset which is cap space, and yes it might not be the most attractive destination but guys will go anywhere if offered enough money which Memphis no longer has. As a Knicks fan I am already getting excited for when Mayo becomes a free agent in a few years, because it is quite obvious the guy is not staying there, probably along with anyone else who becomes decent

Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:02 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:01 pm

Trading one Knick reject for another

The only reason this makes sense is if the Grizz are trying to put together the best fantasy team, because a 1-2-3 of Mayo-Gay-Randolph has a shot to win that league.  The NBA?  Not so much. 

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 11:58 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

Are some of you people high?  Randolph a veteran leader(!)?  Randolph an obvious target(!)?  There's a reason nobody seems to want this guy.  Wake up people!  Yes he can put up numbers, but he has yet to prove he can play for a winner.  Now he's going to a team that was building a nice, young core.  This has disaster written all over it.  Anyone that thinks this will make the Grizzlies into a playoff team, or something close to that, is an idiot.

Kudos to the Clippers for swindling Chris Wallace.  Not like it's the first time something like this has happened.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 11:32 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

i thought both stories told me what i needed to know.  who got traded to whom for what.  i don't think what i would consider honest mistakes damage your credibility, it seems that would be more of an integrity issue if there was some intentional disinformation.  honestly, i would prefer you get a story to me when it breaks than tell me how far vince got in the playoffs YEARS ago, or which cellar dwellar traded for that convict to the other cellar dwellar and when.  you want to talk about bashing someone's accuracy, let's talk about those of you who think a team can win with zach randolph.  God forbid cbs actually gives you a job, because an opinion like that is just irresponsible journalism.  zach randolph has gotten his (16-20 points, 7-10 rebounds/game) everywhere he's been, and hasn't won ANYTHING in the nba.  he's one of the most notorious losers in the nba.  he played for the jailblazers, the new york ikerbokers, and the los angeles whippers.  memphis is a bad team with no chemistry, and once again, zach will put up numbers and the team will be awful.  if you are satisfied with that, as a fan, then you're just cheering for the wrong thing.  it would be different if this was a character guy who had endeared himself to fans around the league, but that's not a mistake that you can possibly make here.

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2009 11:16 am

Trading one Knick reject for another

For those extolling the many virtues of Zach Randolph, you may want to check with the Blazers about that. Yes, he is a talented but selfish player who doesn't like to pass. He also doesn't like to listen to coaches. He was one of the poster boys of the Jailblazer Era, with trips to strip clubs, accusations of abusing women, and so forth. He got called out in the locker room by Brandon Roy, when Roy was a rookie.

I would consider getting this guy if I had a veteran team with existing leaders on it, looking for one last scorer to make my run. He is a bad fit for a young team that might be looking for veteran leadership.

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