Right after that night, speculation from writers all across America started saying the Clippers need to "rid" themselves of Zach Randolph to open up time for Blake Griffin. Well, they also scarcely mentioned Chris Kaman and Marcus Camby, two of the other Clipper big men.
Randolph was often mentioned due to the reputation he has received from his time with the Portland "JailBlazers" and the Titanic-esque New York Knickerbockers, ran by Isiah Thomas. Constantly being called "lazy" and a " black hole", to "never giving any effort on the defensive end" and "never passes the ball". Due to that, everyone is assuming the Clippers General Manager, Mike Dunleavy, is on the phones 24/seven looking for a taker.
Now, that may be a possibility, but the fact of the matter is, Randolph is more valuable to the Clippers organization, than to any other in the league. With his time in Los Angeles, Zach rates 10th in points per game among forwards, fifth in rebounds per game, 31st in assists and 44th in three-point percentage.
Those are some solid statistics for a guy that has such a bad reputation. On top of that, he is also the perfect fit for a Mike Dunleavy ran offense, yes, he is the GM and the Head Coach for those of you who have been visiting Pluto and didn't hear about Elgin Failure finally being relieved of his duties.
Finally, a big thing to consider would be Randolph's remaining contract. He has a measly two years remaining, yet, is still considered to be a bad one just due to the fact that he is due $17 mill in 2010, when half the league will be doing all they could to sign a handful of marquee free agents.
Well, lets put it this way. I do agree that $17 mill is too much for Randolph, you have to keep in mind that he will be a humongous expiring contract, and we saw how well that worked for the Lakers, acquiring Pau Gasol from Memphis.
So, for one of the many teams who will strike out in the 2010 free agency, he (Randolph) will be a solid consolation prize as he will be playing for a contract and won't hinder a team financially as he will be an expiring contract!
So, if your reading this Dunleavy, keep Z-Bo and get maximum value next summer.