Monday, September 15, 2008

"Memphis is in a very lucky position on the map. Everything just gravitated to Memphis for years."~Steve Cropper

Knicks May Send Zach Randolph to "Lucky" Memphis

From the legendary ribs at The Rendezvous to the signature sounds that were being put out by Sun Records back in the 1950s and 60s the city of Memphis has always had a unique flavor all it's own. And, according to the grapevine and the Daily News, power forward Zach Randolph may be adding some of his own special seasonings to the sultry southern city.

Randolph might be a Memphian in short order because the New York Knickerbockers are talking trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. The reported deal has the Knicks sending Randolph south in exchange for fabled draft bust Darko Milicic and Serb point guard Marko Jaric, who is dating/engaged/married to the very attractive and very-much more famous Adriana Lima.

In a word: Yes. In three words: Do this deal. In seven words: Please ship Zach Randolph out of town. In 29 words: I strongly believe that this club's road to redemption - both on the court and against the salary cap - begins with the deportation of Zach Randolph, Isiah Thomas's costliest blunder.

Not only would this deal with Memphis improve my currently meager chances of meeting Ms. Lima but it would rid the Knicks of their most onerous contract. Randolph is due $14.67 million next season, $16 million in 2009/2010 and $17.33 million in 2010/2011. Jaric and Milicic, meanwhile, are due a combined $13.5 million next season and only slightly more the following campaign. The most embarrassing part of Joe Dumars's resume, then, comes off the books after two seasons while Jaric is still under contract for about ten million less than Randolph. And, most importantly, all this financial relief comes right in time for the long awaited Summer of Lebron.

And, what of Darko and Marko? Ever since parting with the rights to Frederic Weis to acquire Patrick Ewing, Jr. the Knicks have been without a hugely disappointing Euro big man on the roster and I think Milicic fits the bill. Yeah, that'll do nicely. And, I'm all for giving D'Antoni as many point guards as possible to throw against the wall in hopes of finding one that flourishes in his system.