Cohen 8-Ball: Stars on the Trade Block?
Cohen’s Analysis: Memphis decided the stiff luxury tax penalties were too steep to keep Rudy Gay. It dealt him to Toronto in January. Now it must settle on whether to protect Zach Randolph or trade him away also. Z-Bo is enjoying another marvelous season, but he also is due to earn nearly $18 million next year and about $17 million the year after. Presently, the best the Grizzles can be is a two-round-and-out team. Is that satisfactory enough to keep him? Unless a team is willing to surrender an unprotected draft pick with the potential of it being a lottery selection, it’s probably best to hold onto him for at least the rest of this season.