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Grizzlies Reportedly Acquire Big Man Zach Randolph in Trade

The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly pulled off a deal to bring Power Forward Zach Randolph to the Bluff City..

The Los Angeles Times reports the L.A. Clippers are shipping Randolph to Memphis in trade for the Grizzlies newly acquired shooting guard Quentin Richardson.

Randolph, a Burly 6'9", 270 pounder, played in 39 games for the Clippers last year after coming over in a trade from New York.

He averaged almost 21-points and 9-rebounds a game in L.A., comparable with his 10-year career stats.

Randolph has 2-years and $33-million Dollars left on his contract.

The Clippers are said to be moving him to make room for their Top Draft Pick Blake Griffin, also a Power Forward.

Richardson had one year left at $8.8 Million..so Memphis still has some money left to play with. Probably to go after a backup Point Guard.

This deal can't be completed until July 8th because of NBA Salary Cap Rules.

It's not clear now New York Knicks Power Forward David Lee remains a reported target for the Grizz.

Several internet sources, including Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, say the Grizzlies were mounting a war chest of up to $50-million Dollars for 5-years to try and woo Lee to Memphis.

Yahoo Sports reports the Knicks are unlikely to match any sizeable offer, because they want to compete in the 2010 sweepstakes for LeBron.

The 6'11" Lee is a double-double machine, having led the NBA in that category, averaging more than 16-points and almost 12-rebounds a game last season.

Also on the Grizz' Free Agent Radar is Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz.

A Rebounding Demon with a good offensive game, Millsap had 19-double-Doubles last season while starting for an injured Carlos Boozer.

The problem for Millsap is, the Jazz may not afford to re-sign him.

With Boozer and Mehmet Okur staying in Utah, the Jazz are already OVER the salary cap..

There is word Oklahoma City is ready to throw a $65 Million Dollar deal at him..trumping anything the Jazz could offer to keep him.

 

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