Thursday, July 2, 2009

Notes: Randolph/Iverson React, Vernon Show, Summer League

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:16 PM

What the hell is going on? First this:

Now this?

I was probably too measured in my off-the-cuff comments last night. I'm hoping for the best out of the Zach Randolph trade, but I don't see much reason to expect a variation on the pattern: Everywhere Randolph's played the negatives have outweighed the positives.

As for Allen Iverson: I'd be extremely surprised if he ended up in a Grizzlies uniform next season. He's long been one of my two favorite players to watch in person (along with Kevin Garnett), but I don't see how any reasonable person thinks it would be a good idea to add Zach Randolph AND Allen Iverson to this team. Unless you think the transition from irrelevant to compelling sideshow is a big step up. The concept would be funny if the franchise's status in the city weren't already so fragile.

On a related note: Be sure to check out the Chris Vernon Show this afternoon. Chris will be re-playing the astounding interview Geoff Calkins and Gary Parrish did this morning with Portland columnist John Canzano, who has lots of interesting stories about Randolph's tenure with the Blazers. I'll be on with Vernon during the 4'oclock hour, where we'll probably be taking calls on all of this mess.

Finally, the Grizzlies announced the full roster for their summer-league squad this afternoon:

8 Jeff Adrien
00 Darrell Arthur
1 DeMarre Carroll
32 Erik Daniels
3 Daniel Ewing
23 Trey Gilder
15 Hamed Haddadi
30 Longar Longar
2 Brion Rush
6 Donta Smith
35 Greg Stiemsma
34 Hasheem Thabeet
5 Marcus Williams
4 Sam Young

The only really interesting name here not previously reported is Marcus Williams, the former UCONN point guard who was drafted by the Nets and later ended up in Golden State. Williams is probably a long-shot to make the Grizzlies (or any other NBA team), but fits the bill as a back-up point guard with NBA experience. And there's that UCONN thing again.

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