The LA Times has reported that the Grizzlies are going to trade Q. Richardson in a deal for Zach Randolph. I hate to say I told you so...
I have been saying over and over that I thought this is what the Grizzlies were going to do after they were not able to get a deal done on draft night. Of everything brought up, Randolph was always the least expensive option. The guy can play but, of course, there are major red flags.
The Heisley apologists will point to the fact that the team is taking on salary (never mind that they have). The larger point is that this yet another example of the team doing something where the accounting comes before the basketball.
This may work out basketball wise. I personally cannot wait to hear Heisley's defenders talk about how Zach Randolph fits into the "three year plan." Of course it makes no sense whatsoever. Or how about their stated "up-tempo, defensive team" that they want? Come on.
You know what also may work out basketball wise? Lionel Hollins. But that is not the major reason he was hired.
Intent matters. Why are the Grizzlies signing Randolph? Because he only has two years left on his deal. That is why. Why did they sign up Lionel Hollins to coach the team on an 18-month low dollar deal? Because he would take the job.
It is so transparent. I hope Randolph is amazing and is a model citizen, and that Lionel Hollins is one of the greatest ever. Maybe it will all work out wonderfully.
What cannot be denied is that basketball is not the priority in the moves they make.
It is a fundamental question. What matters most to the Grizzlies organization?
You know the answer.