The Memphis Grizzlies are "internally" mulling offering power forward Zach Randolph to the Orlando Magic for Jason Richardson and Brandon Bass, Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports. Though neither team has made an offer and no trade appears imminent at this stage, the Grizzlies apparently believe re-signing Randolph, due to become a free agent this summer, is a long shot and have weighed the merits of replacing him with the younger, cheaper Bass; Richardson, who also has an expiring contract, "would keep the Grizzlies competitive this season," according to Ford.
Last week, Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls' official website reported Orlando might make a rich offer to Memphis for Randolph.
The burly, one-time All-Star is averaging 20.1 points and 13.2 rebounds, third in the league, for Memphis this season, his 10th as a professional. The Magic are seeking another big man to help them in the playoffs after trading Marcin Gortat of the Phoenix Suns, though dealing for Randolph would likely cost them Bass and further hurt their big-man depth.
A source told Orlando Pinstriped Post yesterday that Orlando is unlikely to make a deal before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. Further, Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD tweeted the news that the Magic are negotiating a contract extension with Richardson, whom they value.