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Zach Randolph says he wants to retire a Grizzly, isn’t sure what will happen

Nov 4, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Zach Randolph, Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert AP

This summer Zach Randolph can and most likely will opt out of the last year of his contract. He will walk away from $16.5 million guaranteed to seek the security of a longer deal, but that raises questions for Memphis. At age 32 now, how long do they want to sign him for? And if they might lose him to another team, is the smart move to trade him at the deadline this season and get something in return?

Through all that, Randolph wants to stay with a Grizzlies team that made the conference Finals last season and is hoping to build on that.

That’s what Randolph told Marc Stein of ESPN in a Q&A.

“I’d like to be here. I’d like to retire here. You never know. If I’ve got to make some sacrifices to be here, I would. I still can play. I can still help a team out. I want to win a championship. I’ve made all the money in the world. I just want to win. I don’t know yet [about opting in or opting out], but Memphis is my home. If they trade me tomorrow, I’m here. I just bought a new house. My daughters go to school [in Memphis]. That’s my home.”

That he would take a pay cut to stay is certainly good news, although how much of a cut remains to be seen. Would he take four years at $8-9 million per year?

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If Memphis is trying to build a contender, the question it has to ask itself is if you do that better around Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and somebody other than Randolph? There have been rumors that the Grizzlies are quietly seeing what the market for Randolph would be. The question isn’t can Randolph contribute but more one of fit — can their big, grit-and-grind lineup thrive as a number of other teams go smaller? Do they need to move Randolph to get the other pieces they need?

Which is to say, even if Zach wants to stay it may be out of his hands.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    His agent can feel the dollars flying out of his wallet with every sentence.

  2. cookie2117 - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Kinda sounds like kg,well the retirement part at least

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Not sure what will happen Zach? I’ll tell you. You won’t retire there.

    You’re getting up there in age and you demand a pretty penny. If you don’t lower your pricetag appropriatly you will have to pack for yet another move.

    This is the type of cutthroat franchise that will dump you at the slightest sent of decline and if they are not getting their bang for their buck, it’s off you go.

  4. sportsfan18 - Nov 5, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    If you’ve made all the money in the world as you said then why would you opt out of a $16.5 million payday next yr?

    Oh yeah! It’s because the money Does matter to you even though you’ve made all the money in the world…

    OK, so you like Memphis and prefer to be there… But you’re still putting money ahead of remaining with Memphis…

    Got it.

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