According to multiple media outlets, the Phoenix Suns have contacted the Memphis Grizzlies and are trying to make a deal to acquire power forward Zach Randolph.
The Grizzlies have reportedly been entertaining offers for Randolph, but at this time do not appear motivated to trade him. Phoenix has made it well known around the league that they want to add a veteran power forward who can score and rebound at a high level.
The Suns have previously had trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding Pau Gasol.
Randolph has played in and started 46 games this season with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. He is not a great defender, but he does offer excellent defensive rebounding skills.
The Suns have a very talented, young roster that has the ability to contend in the Western Conference, and adding a player like Randolph could be what they need to seriously compete in the playoffs.
The Grizzlies are very comfortable with keeping Randolph, and they believe that they have a chance to compete as well in the West. If the Suns are able to put together an offer that blows the Grizzlies away, they could very well be able to come to terms.
Overall, this trade isn’t something to necessary expect to happen before the trade deadline, but there will be more discussions as it draws closer. The Suns have made it clear that they can compete in the Western Conference, and they want to add another piece or two to give them even better chances. The Grizzlies will have a decision to make about whether or not to make Randolph available closer to the deadline.