In case you think the Knicks got the best end of the Randolph deal

6/29/07 in NBA   |   Isabel322   |   respect

How do the Trailblazer fans feel about the Zach Randolph trade ...


The Knicks acquired Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau and Fred Jones from Portand for Channing Frye and Steve Francis last night.

 

Randolph, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, brings a litany of problems:

 

1995: 30 days in juvenile detention for shoplifting.

 

High school: 30 days of house arrest for battery; 30 days in juvenile detention for receiving stolen property, a gun.

 

2002: Arrested for underage drinking.

 

2003: Suspended by the Trail Blazers for punching teammate Ruben Patterson in practice and breaking his eye socket.

 

2003: Arrested in Portland for driving under the influence of intoxicants and marijuana.

 

2004: Accused by police of lying in an investigation of his brother shooting three men in an Indiana nightclub.

 

2006: Suspended by the Trail Blazers for making obscene gestures to fans after a game in Indiana.

 

2006: Sued by a Portland woman for sexual assault in an incident at a strip club. After a monthlong investigation, prosecutors didn’t file criminal charges. A civil suit is pending.

 

My personal favorite:

2007: Left a strip club without paying the bill while he was on bereavement leave from the team.

 

2007: Earlier this month, police were called to the parking lot of a strip club where Randolph and teammate Darius Miles were part of a gathering and a gunshot was fired.

 

So, let me think: We'll take the buyout of Francis and say adios to a guy who, while talented, never could get out of his own way long enough to be a true professional. The Knicks are welcome to him. Steve Francis will never wear a Blazer uniform. They won't let him anywhere near Oden, Roy, or the rest.


Source: (New York Post)
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6/30/07   |   Isabel322

I think the so called "back end" of the trade with the $30 mil in cap space coming off in a year or two, is the big up side. Randolph in NYC -- well, he may fit right in. Telfair can give him a tour of all the "best" clubs to get your bling jacked in...

6/30/07   |   Todd

Isabel322 wrote:

I think the plan is long term, blipper, in the Blazers'  case. Yes, I believe the cap experts have said that a buy out will clear about $30 mil give or take in two years.

True, Randolph is good when he wants to be, but if he couldn't stay out of trouble in PDX, just think how much trouble NYC will be. Bright lights, big city better look out.

Like my mama always said, very little good happens after 2 am.

 

 

Randolph's troubles might also have a direct effect on him not becoming an all-star thus far.

6/29/07   |   Isabel322

I think the plan is long term, blipper, in the Blazers'  case. Yes, I believe the cap experts have said that a buy out will clear about $30 mil give or take in two years.

True, Randolph is good when he wants to be, but if he couldn't stay out of trouble in PDX, just think how much trouble NYC will be. Bright lights, big city better look out.

Like my mama always said, very little good happens after 2 am.

 

 

6/29/07   |   blipper21

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...I also like them picking up Fernandez and Kaponen. They could be a very, very good team in the not-so-distant future.

The same can be said about Seattle, though I think their good draft night was dampened by taking Landry over Byars in the second round.

6/29/07   |   blipper21

CriticalFanatic wrote:
Lewis is staying in Seattle. At least that seems to be what Sam Presti is saying.

I know the talk was that the Sonics would try to keep him now, but has anything been said about his willingness to stay with the team?

Either way, if they can buyout Francis and gain the significant cap-space his salary would take (I think he made 17 mil last year), that would be great for them.

6/29/07   |   CriticalFanatic

blipper21 wrote:
If they buy-out Francis, do they get all the salary-cap room that otherwise would be taken up by his salary? If that's the case, and if that somehow would allow them to pick up Rashard Lewis, then this could be an amazing deal for them.

Lewis is staying in Seattle. At least that seems to be what Sam Presti is saying.

6/29/07   |   blipper21

Isabel322 wrote:
PS. Maybe Randolph, Pac Man Jones, Sebastian Telfair, Qyntel Woods, and Isiaih Rider can all take their shows on the road on how to screw up perfectly decent careers by being stupid.

If they buy-out Francis, do they get all the salary-cap room that otherwise would be taken up by his salary? If that's the case, and if that somehow would allow them to pick up Rashard Lewis, then this could be an amazing deal for them.

6/29/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Man, Pac-Man Jones thinks this guy is getting into too much trouble..

6/29/07   |   CriticalFanatic

I'm calling this deal even. Which when you're dealing with Isiah Thomas that's considered a loss.

I understand all the garbage that comes with Zach Randolph, he needed to go. It's addition by subtraction. But he's a 25 and 10 guy easily in the East. The Bulls traded Eddie Curry who was a 15 and 5 (and 5 burgers) guy to NY and got a couple first round draft picks. I expected Pritchard to get more, and he should have.

If Stevie Franchise can pull it back together, start being mature, then maybe just maybe this was a steal for Portland.

p.s. I wish I could redact the portion of Randolph's bio that reads [college]

6/29/07   |   Isabel322

PS. Maybe Randolph, Pac Man Jones, Sebastian Telfair, Qyntel Woods, and Isiaih Rider can all take their shows on the road on how to screw up perfectly decent careers by being stupid.