Although neither team has reneged, an agreed-upon trade between Memphis and the Los Angeles Clippers that would put power forward Zach Randolph in a Grizzlies uniform wasn’t made official Wednesday for several reasons ranging from accounting to player physicals…
It could take up to five more days before the Randolph-for-Richardson swap is announced, mainly because the Griz are looking to consummate another trade scenario first.
As the NBA lifted a moratorium on transactions Wednesday, Memphis was among a few teams considering a three-way deal with Dallas and Toronto.
The Mavericks are trying to pry Shawn Marion from the Raptors in a sign-and-trade agreement and are soliciting the Grizzlies as a facilitator. It is believed that the Griz would receive veteran guard Jerry Stackhouse and cash considerations in the deal.
Stackhouse has $2 million guaranteed on a $7 million contract for next season.
Any potential Memphis-Dallas-Toronto deal would not affect the Grizzlies’ agreement with the Clippers.
In short, Quentin Richardson makes $8.7M, while Zach Randolph makes $16M. If the Clips-Grizz trade were to be consummated before the Marion/Stackhouse carnival deal, Memphis wouldn’t have enough cap room to accept Stack’s $7.25M salary. But once the Grizzlies complete the four-way deal and waive Stackhouse, they’ll be sufficiently below the cap to accept the $7.3M difference in salary between Messers. Randolph and Richardson.
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