"Enjoy Memphis, bro."
There's been plenty of noise over the last 24 hours after Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News decided to make mention of Pau Gasol as a possible trade target for the Memphis Grizzlies with, naturally, nothing to back up his claim other than the idea that Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley loves Gasol.
Imagine, such a baseless statement getting so much attention on the Internets! Well, yesterday I took liberty here at SOV of shooting the rumor down. Neither possible deal, whether it be for Rudy Gay or Zach Randolph makes much sense for the Grizzlies. It just wouldn't.
While the rumor seems ridiculous, at best, I can't believe some of the things I'm reading on the Internet about this "possible deal." Some saying that the Lakers would never do a Gasol-Randolph deal because the Lakers would be getting "robbed," while others are saying that the Grizzlies wouldn't be able to do this deal because Pau Gasol would be jealous playing alongside his younger brother, due to Marc's "youthful energy." [Note: I'm not going to link-call-out anyone, that's not what this piece is all about... but if you're interested, just Google "Pau Gasol Grizzlies Rumor" and you'll see what I'm talking about.] None of that is true. Not even close to being true.
Gasol wouldn't fit here not because he'd be jealous of his brother, but because Randolph is a better complimentary player to Marc, and because the Pau isn't the leader that Randolph is, and because we don't need another big in a deal for Rudy Gay, and because that rumor is absolutely baseless!
The noise. It's far too loud.
If the Grizzlies were to make a deal for Gasol it would only prove to be an incompetent move on their part. And really, to be fair to Chris Wallace and Michael Heisley, we haven't seen many of those come through these parts over the last handful of years -- Hasheem Thabeet says, "What?"
The talk is fun, the speculation is what keeps us all in the loop over the summer, but we needn't make up reasons for why this deal wouldn't work, other than because the talk just simply isn't even worth having.