Apr 17, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT
Sunday morning you saw how valuable Zach Randolph is to Memphis as he had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a big Game 1 win over San Antonio.
Sunday night they paid him for it.
Memphis has reached a four-year contract extension with Randolph worth at least $66 million, according to the Commercial Appeal. The $66 million is the guaranteed part, plus there are $5 million in incentives. Each of the last two years is a player option.
Randolph will have personal conduct clauses in his contract. While he was considered a clubhouse problem in Portland in the early part of his career, the last two years in Memphis he has been a model teammate.
This deal has been rumored to be close for weeks, with both sides saying they were closing in on a deal. Both sides wanted it to happen under this Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He is also one of the few true 20-and-10 guys in the league, this season averaging 20.1 points per game and 12.2 rebounds. He shot 50 percent this season and was one of the key reasons the Grizzlies returned to the playoffs.
And upset the Spurs in Game 1.
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