Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Grizzlies may be thinking of trading Zach Randolph

Amid reports that the Memphis Grizzlies might be open to trading small forward Rudy Gay, there are rumblings that the team might be in full fire sale mode. The Grizzlies are looking to get under the luxury tax and might unload power forward Zach Randolph to do it.

Griz CEO Jason Levien, whom principal owner Robert Pera has entrusted to run the franchise, is gauging the value of several players on the roster. There also have been exploratory trade conversations centered on forward Zach Randolph.

The Sacramento Kings are one of the teams with whom the Griz recently held preliminary talks, according to a league source.

Moving Randolph could prove to be a big mistake for the Grizzlies as Randolph probably is the most popular player in Grizzlies history. He and center Marc Gasol have a good working relationship and he's a favorite among fans and teammates.

I understand that it's all about the bottom line, but this that could be a critical mistake for a team with designs on contending for a championship.

Raiders' Rolando McClain arrested again

Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain tried to talk himself out of town. The Raiders kept him in Oakland and now McClain could find himself out the door.  

McClain was arrested again in Alabama for a window tint violation. Not that much of a big deal, but McClain gave the officer a false name and that's when he was taken into custody.

Last year McClain had gun charges dropped after the victim decided not to proceed with the case.

This might or might not get the ear of commissioner Roger Goodell, because it's not too serious. But considering his previous off field conduct he could face a possible suspension. And he could be a man without a team.