Zach Randolph to The Pistons? Why It Should, But Won’t Happen

November 15th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
Last week there were a few rumors circulating around the Detroit sports pages.

One had the Pistons moving one of their veterans to the Atlanta Hawks for Jamal Crawford (formerly of the University of Michigan).

Another had Detroit zeroing in on the Hawks' Josh Smith.

But the biggest story involved the Memphis Grizzlies parting with Zach Randolph, largely generated by Randolph's apparent interest in returning to Michigan (Randolph played one season for Michigan State).

The first move is laughable at best, and a lateral move for both teams. Crawford is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $10 million this season. He is a streaky perimeter scorer that is a perfect fit in Atlanta's system.

Who would Atlanta take for him? Tayshaun Prince? Prince also has an expiring contract at around the same rate. Prince is a better defender but Crawford is a much better scorer, and at the end of the day, that is exactly what Atlanta needs coming off their bench.

The second deal is intriguing for Detroit, but Atlanta would be crazy to deal Smith. The argument is that the Hawks tied too much money into Joe Johnson (true ...

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