Wednesday would be a very eventful day for the Memphis Grizzlies as they lost a key player via injury and then completed a three-team deal to get themselves some much-needed size on their roster. The “Commercial Appeal” has reported that the Grizzlies will be without the services of starting forward Zach Randolph for six to eight weeks as the veteran has a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Randolph suffered the injury on Sunday when he got into a collision with teammate O.J. Mayo in the first half of a 104-64 loss to the Chicago Bulls. According to the report, Randolph will not require surgery and will meet again with team doctors in two weeks to be reexamined.
With the loss of Randolph as well as losing forward Darrell Arthur for the rest of the campaign last month after he injured his Achilles; the team was in desperate need of big men. They helped to alleviate that problem as they completed a three-way trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Hornets and acquired Sixers forward Marreese Speights. Memphis sent second year forward Xavier Henry to the Hornets and Philadelphia received a second round draft selection from both New Orleans and the Grizzlies in the deal. Speights is in his fourth year in the Association and has averaged 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.