NBA trade rumors suggest a Zach Randolph trade could come next from the Memphis Grizzlies. According to a report from ESPN Wednesday night (Jan. 30), Rudy Gay has been officially traded to the Toronto Raptors. It was part of a large three-team deal, putting Memphis on a new course when it comes to their roster.
In exchange for Gay, Memphis received power forward Ed Davis, small forward Tayshaun Prince, and small forward Austin Daye. Davis has the talent to step in as the starting power forward for Randolph, thus making another trade possible for the franchise.
The Rudy Gay trade didn't exactly net the Grizzlies as much savings as they may want, especially because Prince is under contract for two more seasons after the current one. If the franchise found a way to trade Randolph, they could really slash the payroll. Randolph is set to make $17.8 million next season and has a player option for $16.5 million the following season.
Earlier in the season there were quite a few NBA trade rumors that involved Randolph, but fans had thought that the team would only trade one of their star players. Now it appears as though both could be traded in a concerted effort to really cut into the payroll expenses.
If the Memphis Grizzlies can find a team willing to take on his salary and part with young talent at the same time, another deal could get done before the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline. With starting shooting guard Tony Allen a free agent at the end of the season, netting a young shooting guard through trade could be perfect.
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