HoopsHype Zach Randolph rumors


June 27, 2014 Updates

Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers, told Yahoo Sports on Friday morning that an agreement had been reached. Randolph, 32, will exercise his $16.5 million player option for 2014-15 and extend the deal with the additional two years and $20 million. Randolph had until Monday to exercise his option, or become a free agent on July 1. Talks had been ongoing for several weeks. Yahoo! Sports

Ronald Tillery: Z-Bo on picking up $16.5 million option with 2-year, $20 million extension: “It’s cool, man. This is where I want to be.” Twitter @CAGrizBeat

June 25, 2014 Updates
June 24, 2014 Updates

Apparently the reason why Duncan's contract (which he has opted into, thus transitioning this whole endeavour from being an interesting aside into something with a palpable if not exactly massive affect on the NBA landscape) was modified, but Randolph's was not, is because Randolph's was "too old". This does not however mean that the fact it was signed under the 2005 CBA (and not the 2011 CBA like Duncan) played a part in this differentiation. Instead, I am told it instead merely means they took that as a legitimate reason for looking the other way, through avoiding the issue altogether, rather than having a technical reason for addressing it in this way. So, yeah. Zach, if you're out there, and you're planning on opting in and signing an extension.....start chasing this up. There could be a million dollars in it for you. Sham Sports

June 21, 2014 Updates
June 20, 2014 Updates

“It’s going forward,” Wallace said. “We’re very excited about what Zach’s done in the past and hope to have him here in the future. This has really been a terrific boon for both sides. He’s obviously meant a great deal to us on and off the court. And Memphis has worked for him. This has been, by far, the best stop for him since he’s been in the NBA. So we’re working towards that goal.” Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, shared that optimism in a text to The Commercial Appeal. Brothers and Wallace hammered out a four-year contract extension for Randolph during the 2011 NBA playoffs. Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 18, 2014 Updates

Gasol, 29, also has made clear his desire to continue playing alongside veteran forward Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies have stated their desire to sign Randolph to a contract extension. Randolph has a player option for the 2014-15 season and both sides appear amenable to working out terms for a deal that goes beyond next season. Gasol is watching. “I know Zach wants to be in Memphis,” Gasol said. “He wants to be here long term. It’s hard in the NBA to call a city your home and he’s called Memphis his home. We’ll see what ends up happening.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

June 14, 2014 Updates

Randolph's extension called for base compensation of $17,800,000 in 2013/14, and $16,500,000 in 2014/15. (The contract also contains a ream of bonuses that make it deviate from those exact figures, yet they change not the general principles to be espoused here.) The 2014/15 is a player option season. This all looks like standard enough fare. However, a piece of CBA minutiae states that the salary in a player or team option year cannot be lower than the salary in the previous season. [Larry Coon's CBA FAQ question 58, near the end; actual CBA, Article XII, various.] Randolph's deal, then, was set to flout this rule. And yet it had long since been signed, sealed and accepted by all parties - Randolph's representatives, the Grizzlies, and the league itself (who have to approve all new contracts). Sham Sports

Given that it is unlike the league to make a mistake, I assumed I had. I assumed the information I had, as concrete as it normally is, was wrong in this instance. So I checked, asked around, called in favours from much more important people that I can never repay. Those folks however confirmed not only the figures list, but also the fact that they could not see how it happened. Which was both reassuring and perturbing at the same time. Sham Sports

It also, however, raises further questions. So far as can be ascertained - and again, efforts have been taken to confirm any available figures - Randolph's player option season has to date not been modified in this way. As of this moment, his player option season still calls for the $16.5 million base salary, plus an unknown amount in bonuses on top. This comes in spite of that not supposed to be permissible, and the highly synonymous Duncan situation being resolved by modifying the amount of the 2014/15 salary. Sham Sports

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