I’m watching PTI and in Toss-Up this question comes up: “Who’s More Tradeable: Eddy or Zach?” It’s an interesting question. I’m sure some people are going to answer the question by popularity, in other words choose the guy they’d rather see gone. But I’m more interested in defining “more tradeable” as: “which one is more likely to have value to another team?”
At first glance, I thought Zach Randolph might have more worth on the court. Granted he’s the worse of the pair defensively, and that’s saying a lot considering the other person is Eddy Curry. You would think there are a number of teams that could use a power forward that can score and rebound. He certainly has better credibility among laymen who just value per game averages (20-10!). But on the other hand, two of those teams have taken themselves out of the running. The Pao Gasol trade took both Memphis and the Lakers out of a trade for either of these players.
However Randolph makes significantly more than Eddy Curry (in 2011, $17M to $11M). And Randolph has had a few seasons where his TS% was well below league average. This low post presence spends a lot of time on the perimeter shooting jumpers. On the other hand Eddy Curry’s TS% is well above the league average for nearly every year of his career. It’s possible in an offense that doesn’t constantly feature him, Curry could provide efficient scoring. He might be a really good 6th man, providing an offensive boost off the bench. And of course, around the league centers are more desired than power forwards.
In the end I’m not too sure which one has more value. I’m looking at it from the perspective of “if I had a team and I was forced to choose one, which one would it be?”