Could Z-Bo end up with the Lakers?November, 12, 2013Nov 1210:21AM ETBy Nick Borges | ESPN.comThe Memphis Grizzlies are only off to a 3-4 start and some NBA pundits think the team might look at a roster shakeup. One scribe, Sam Smith, even suggested a deal Monday which would send Zach Randolph to the LA Lakers for Pau Gasol.
Smith writes: "Trading for Pau actually saves them money in the long run. And as Memphis has made no secret their future core is to build around Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, a return could invigorate Pau and put him as a second or third option where he is more comfortable. And out of the pressure of L.A. Randolph, meanwhile, would be a strong piece for Kobe Bryant as he’s younger and more productive than Pau. And better for the Lakers to save the money for future free agent classes, which will be better than this summer’s."
The Grizzlies would do a Randolph-for-Pau Gasol deal in a heartbeat, however the Lakers are likely to turn it down since Randolph owns a $16.93 million player option for 2014-15, while Gasol is set to become a free free agent in July. Lakers management doesn't want to decrease their massive cap room in 2014, which is why the team won't do any trade that puts more money on their 2014-15 salary cap.
This, obviously, isn't a deal that's on the table, but I still think it's interesting.
Z-Bo at 16 million next season is perhaps better value than Melo at 23 (for 4 years), would only be a couple of millions more expensive than resigning Pau and it would still give us options in 2015.
Don't think i'd do it though, unless they threw in either a first round pick or Tony Allen.