It has been reported that after my post making a case for acquiring Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies acquired Zach Randolph.
There's no question that there is a huge risk involved when you trade for a player like Zach Randolph. However, when what you're gambling with is Darko Milicic, Quentin Richardson, and the potential to sign David Lee or Paul Milsap, you have to roll the dice.
Darko and Quentin are terrible. They bring almost no value to the Grizzlies on the court.
Darko's main benefit was unintentional comedy, and Randolph may very well exceed Darko in this regard.
Lee and Milsap are one hit wonders. They may have great years next year, but there's also a chance last season was an outlier for each.
David Lee has averaged more than 11 points per game exactly one of his 4 seasons playing for a terrible Knicks team, and his best season was in a system that made Shawn Marion look like Oscar Robertson.
Similarly, Milsap scored more than 8 points (13.5) in one of his three seasons.
There's a possibility Randolph won't be the answer either, but his resume is certainly better than those guys'. (By the way, all three players were about equal last year as measured by John Hollinger's PER.)
What's the worst he can do? Make the Grizzlies worse?
In the least, he should give the Grizzlies guards some room to operate on offense.
So I'm not mad the Grizzlies made the deal. even if they missed out on the "David Lee Sweepstakes". This is the type of gamble the Grizzlies have to make. Get something for nothing.