NBA Trade Rumors: Should Memphis Grizzlies Keep or Trade Zach Randolph?

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2011

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 08:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies high fives teammate Zach Randolph #50 after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 8, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Grizzlies defeated the Suns 104-98 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The phone lines are heating up because the NBA trade deadline is approaching.

Many teams are trying to add the final piece to make a playoff run or to get over the hump.

The Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph is a very intriguing prospect for many teams. The Grizzlies will field many calls for the All-Star Power Forward because there are several teams that could use the presence of Zach Randolph.

The Memphis Grizzlies are in unfamiliar territory with a chance at making the playoffs.

Zach Randolph may be the most indispensable player on the roster. Rudy Gay may have all of the highlights, but the best player on the Grizzlies roster is Zach Randolph. Since arriving in Memphis, Randolph has exceeded expectations and has blossomed on the court.

The Memphis Grizzlies should not look too far into the future even though that is normally a foreign concept in sports. Keeping Zach Randolph should be top priority, especially with the recent injury to Rudy Gay.

Power Forward Darrell Arthur has shown flashes this season, but not enough to trade Randolph. One deciding factor may be Randolph's attractive expiring contract; his $17.3 million dollars will give a lot of flexibility to the Memphis Grizzlies in the off-season.

 Marc Gasol is a free agent in the off season and will expect a contract around $8-$10 million dollars per season. The Grizzlies can use expiring money to sign Gasol and Randolph.

The next few days will be interesting for the Memphis Grizzlies. The phone's will be ringing and teams will make offers for the All-Star Power Forward. In situations similar to this the best move to make may be not to make a move at all.

General Manager Chris Wallace knows that the playoffs will be great for the organization. Trading the team's best player may not be the best option for a team that is trying to get over the hump. If Randolph is traded, fans on Beale Street will be singing the Grizzlies Blues for quite some time.