Zach Randolph for Ryan Anderson: Which team will benefit more?

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

The Pelicans and Grizzlies aren't exactly having the types of years they want. While both teams made moves to position themselves for the Western Conference Playoffs (well....at least the Pelicans). So far neither team will be in the playoffs despite both having enough talent to do so. The Pelicans had 4 all-star caliber players on their roster but Ryan Anderson has played the best out of any of them not named Anthony Davis. Randolph clearly has lost a step as Memphis has lost it's identity.

This trade makes sense to inject some new culture for either team. Both players provide no real defense but solid offense. Which team would gain the most from this potential swap? Memphis or New Orleans?

Hasad Golden
Hasad Golden
Analyst

Randolph is past his prime in my opinion. He can't keep up with stretch four. Heck he can barely keep up with regular fours. I don't think it's good for the Pelicans because Anthony Davis needs an open lane and Randolph will be clogging it a good amount. While he can bring better rebounding, he's not nearly as athletic as the other fours and thus won't be able to keep up.

Jasper Gillespie
Jasper Gillespie
Analyst

It'll do WONDERS for a Memphis team that hasn't had great outside shooting in forever. Takes away from their defensive identity but let's be honest in that they lost that when Lionel Hollins left. An Anderson-Gasol front court won't get many rebounds but they'll be great with scoring in my opinion. You lose defense, but it was clear this is an upgrade since Randolph is getting older and more prone to injury.

Dan Moberger
Dan Moberger
Senior Analyst

A little less toughness and rebounding, a little more ability to stretch the floor. As long as Gasol can bang in the middle, I don't see the downside for Memphis. Anderson sitting outside the arc gives Marc more room to operate. It's good for the Pelicans too. They get a seasoned, still-useful vet, past his prime as he may be, to help lead their young squad. I don't see a downside, but both teams have hurting centers, so versatility is a quality Anderson and Randolph will need to display for either team to have success.

Nigel Mccormick
Nigel Mccormick
Commentator

I don't think the Grizz would pull the trigger on this right now with Gasol out for so long. Koufos is solid, but they just lost Pondexter for the year and are very thin on frontcourt guys. Anderson is more of a luxury for a team that's on the cusp of a playoff run, Memphis looks anything but that right now.