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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Then Why Not Acquire 'Em? | January
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I'm going to make this very simple. Last night's victory over the Memphis Grizzlies was certainly nice for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They had just lost to them within the past week on the road, so defending their home court was a step in the right direction. With a 109-100 win last night, the Thunder are now on a modest two game winning streak. Kevin Durant scored 40 points and the team once again looked sharp from the free throw line. I should be very content, right?

I just can't seem to think that way. I'm never content during the regular season. No one should be. Not the fans. Not the players. Not the coaches and certainly not the owners and management. Once you become content, you become complacent. That is not a good quality in a professional sports franchise.

Complacency leads to laziness. Laziness leads to losing, and we all know what losing leads to in the long run. Therefore, teams need to stay on top of things and a step ahead of everyone else.

Oklahoma City is 25-13 and tied atop the Northwest division with the Utah Jazz. At 6-1 in the division and 14-9 in the conference, the Thunder currently possess the #4 seed in the west. That would be good enough to host a first round playoff series as of today, but so much can change with so many games remaining. It simply is not good enough.

After watching the Memphis Grizzlies twice in the past week, one thing is clear. The Thunder struggle defending big bodied opponents. That is why, and I am trying to make this as clear as I can - I want Zach Randolph.

I want him on the Thunder, in case that part wasn't as clear.

He went off for 31 points and 16 rebounds in Memphis' win the other night, and still managed 27 points and 16 rebounds in last night's defeat. The Thunder, much like most teams this season, have absolutely no answer as to how to slow down Randolph. I say slow down, because I have completely given up trying to find ways how to stop him entirely. That possibility just does not exist this year.

Randolph has been a beast for most of his career, but he seems to be really figuring things out in Memphis. He is averaging just under 20 points and 13 rebounds per game this season, and he has seemingly even adjusted his attitude. The guy is finally figuring it all out. Why not allow him the opportunity to continue to do so while calling the Ford Center his home?

Wouldn't that be nice?

Randolph has quite the hefty contract, so I know that a trade would be very difficult to complete. Any trade of this magnitude is challenging to make all of the numbers work out evenly. But anything worth attaining is never going to be easy.

That includes an NBA championship.

* Make sure to follow Kelley on Twitter @RobKelley24, as he was named one of the 1,000 Most Influential Sports Writers on Twitter.