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Another rumor has surfaced that the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in New York Knicks power forward, Zach Randolph. The proposed trade would have the Knicks acquiring former first round pick Darko Milicic and Marko Jaric for Zebo. These players are being tossed in trade rumors because their roles look to be diminished next season. By acquiring O.J, Mayo, Darrell Arthur and Marc Gasol the Grizzles are looking to build a young up-tempo team full of athleticism and should pass both Serbian players on the depth chart

General Manager Chris Wallace would be unwilling to include any of its core players such as Rudy Gay, Mike Conley and Hakim Warrick. Memphis has concerns about Zebo’s attitude and poor defensive play. However, he possesses outside range, can score from the low-post and rebounds well. Last season, the Grizzlies ranked 18th in rebounds per game.

 Milicic has never lived up to his potential as the number two overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He did not receive playing time early on in his career with the Detroit Pistons and has been playing out of position with the Grizzlies. He is not a center and is strong suit is not playing with his back to the basket. Darko would be better suited in Knicks coach, Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system as a big that can run the floor and catch and shoot. The seven-footer is still only 23-years old and registered 1.6 blocks per game last season. As a team, the Knicks were last in the NBA with 2.59 blocks per game. Milic agreed to a three-year contract worth $21 million with Memphis last off-season.

Marko Jaric has been in the league for six seasons and would provide the Knicks with size and a three point shooter in the backcourt. The 6’7” Serb shot 36% from downtown last season and could be a solid player off the bench in the new offensive system.

By adding Randolph, the Grizzles would be adding beef to the power forward position. Warrick and Arthur both stand 6’9” but weigh less than 225 pounds each. The 260 pound Randolph averaged a career best 23.6 points and 10 rebounds during the 06-07 season in the western conference. The former Portland Trailblazer is still only 27-years old and would form a formidable front court with budding star Rudy Gay and center 7”1” center Marc Gasol. The Knicks have put Randolph on the block for a while now and Donnie Walsh be pleased to get rid of the $48 million left owed to him, but only for good value in return.

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  1. 1 On August 26th, 2008, gozer said:

    Darko expires in 2010, in keeping with Operation: Get Lebron/DWade/Chris Bosh. Jaric has one more year beyond 2010, but at $7.6M, that’s a $10 million savings compared to what Zebo will earn that same season. Plus, as you mentioned, at worst this is a great salary dump. At best, we’re picking up two role players who may fit well here. Where do I sign up?

  2. 2 On August 27th, 2008, Kwame said:

    I would do this deal in a heartbeat.

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