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Zach Randolph hurt by trade rumors: “There ain’t no loyalty or love”

Dec 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Zach Randolph doesn’t want to leave Memphis.

But there are rumors. Ones he is being shopped around — although the ones that he could be moved for Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans have no validity — or that he could bolt as a free agent. It’s all about the money. Memphis is a small market team that isn’t going to pay the luxury tax and Marc Gasol is going to get a big contract again in a couple years. So Randolph could be the odd man out.

Except he doesn’t want to be, he wants to stay put, as he told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com.

“Go figure,” Z-Bo said following the Grizzlies shootaround at New Orleans Arena on Friday. “Memphis is a place that I’ve come to love and call home and it’s where I would definitely like to retire. I haven’t made any secret of that. Everybody out there knows how I feel.

“I look at it like this: I understand it’s a business. I really do understand that. This is a small market team and money plays a factor. I understand all that. It’s different now. I don’t know if it’s just changes in (salary cap) rules or just a change in the way of the world. Like I said, it’s a business.

“But yeah, it bothers me. It hurts a little bit. I can’t deny that. But it goes to show you that there ain’t no loyalty in this game. It seems like you only get loyalty in certain organizations. You see it in winning organizations like the Spurs, the Lakers, the Heat.

“The truth is there ain’t no loyalty or love, except in certain organizations where they keep players around, value them. Only a very few organizations seem like they want to keep players around to retire there.”

If you want know another benefit of the oversized deal for Kobe Bryant or keeping Dwyane Wade on the roster, there it is.

Randolph has a player option for $16.9 million next season. He can make that and stay in Memphis, or at age 32 he can opt out and get one last good contract, one that likely takes him close to the end of his career. He wants that to be in Memphis, a place he believes they have a shot at a title.

But it’s a business. A harsh one at times. Randolph could get moved if the right deal comes along and there will be a lot more rumors with him at the center between now and the trade deadline.

  1. prareedoggin - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Come to Miami Z Bo

    • carltonwilliams981 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Yes Z BO for bosh and Joel …

  2. miamiheatdynasty - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Yep, MIA displays loyalty for sure. Wade & UD will always be Heatles.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      “It seems like you only get loyalty in certain organizations. You see it in winning organizations like the Spurs, the Lakers, the Heat.”

      Ouch. Taking a shot at his team. It’s not like they’re a losing organization. They’ve been successful the past few years, but Zach is right.

      Zach can be effective for a few more seasons with his turtle like athleticism. Is it the worst thing for Memphis to offer him a 3-4 year contract worth $10 million a year. It’s not like its a Kobe deal and he’s a double double machine.

      • carltonwilliams981 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        That man is a double double waiting with a LBJ & WADE

    • ranfan12 - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Only if it doesn’t interfere with the CBA lol

  3. psung26 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    The “Kobe deal” reverberating again.

  4. shanelsweet - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Lots of folks get comfortable in a job and happily live their whole lives doing the same thing for the same employer in the same city. Nothing wrong with Zach wanting to do the same thing. But, instead of considering the “Kobe deal”, maybe he should consider the “Garnett and Pierce deals” where both are going to always have a home in Boston after they get finished raking in some extra cash from some of the other team owners.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      They don’t want a home in Boston. Both players sold their Boston area homes and are going to live near the beach in SoCal.

  5. mrlaloosh - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Watch how fast he falls in love with another town where they will pay him millions more.
    I don’t think I ever heard anyone say “I WANT TO RETIRE IN MEMPHIS”. Never, ever.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Well, given that Mr. Laloosh became famous playing with Crash Davis for the Durham Bull in NC, I’m not surprised you never heard that lots of folks like Memphis, TN.

  6. edwardemanuelson - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I’m on the fence on his comments. I think it’s great that he mentions the Spurs – a small market team just like Memphis – as a winning and loyal organization. He is very correct on that. At the same time, come free agency, players like him, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith etc. won’t give San Antonio the time of day. If it is REALLY about loyalty and not taking a payday, then take some contender’s mid-level exception, for 5 million (or so) a year less -or something within reason – than you might get from a middle to lower tier team, and help them win. Then you might nit be complaining mid-season because you suddenly realize that the bottom feeder you chose to sign with and get paid stinks. Providing you don’t burn all of your money, whats a few mill less a year to ya, right?

    Look at Shane Battier, Mike Miller (amnestied no longer with the team, I’m aware…), Rashard Lewis and on down the Heat roster. They’re collecting rings.

  7. mrlaloosh - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Shanelsweet, Crash Davis was a idiot.

  8. djstat - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Get over it. You are a commodity!!!

  9. 00maltliquor - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I love that little jab Z-Bo threw in there! You damn right Z-Bo! They’ll do you like they did Rudy with NO conscience.

  10. sampulls - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Another nba crybaby. Come make your case about the teams lack of loyalty once a player shows an ounce of loyalty.

  11. talkingfan - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Zbo you a good player but your numbers have been down two years now, it will be a wise moved on Memphis part if they can get a nice player to plug in now. Nice little run Memphis but it’s over.

  12. carltonwilliams981 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Miami needs a banter come on ZO BO

    • carltonwilliams981 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Miami needs a banger down low Z-BO to HEAT NATION…..

  13. dinofrank60 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Z-Bo,
    They ain’t thinking about you. They got a Einstein master plan, which you ain’t a part of. Keep your head up, bro. They got ribs in other places,too.

    -Lionel Hollins and Rudy Gay

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