HoopsHype Zach Randolph rumors

June 14, 2014 Updates

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

May 26, 2014 Updates

As Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera and interim general manager Chris Wallace regain control of basketball operations in the wake of CEO Jason Levien's firing, there appears to be one immediate benefit for the franchise's future: the chances of re-signing popular star Zach Randolph. Randolph, 32, has until June 30 to trigger a $16.5 million player option on the final season of his contract and already had begun preliminary discussions on a long-term extension with Memphis, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Randolph is an extremely popular figure in the Memphis community, and has expressed a strong desire to finish his career in the city where his NBA career has truly blossomed. Randolph has talked directly with Pera in the past week and he and his agent Raymond Brothers sensed a serious commitment to keep Randolph in Memphis with a new deal. Yahoo! Sports

May 13, 2014 Updates
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May 4, 2014 Updates

“I want to apologize to my fans and the organization,” Randolph said. “This was totally unexpected. I wasn’t even thinking about that play. Normally, if you do something in a game like get a technical or get into something, you think about it all night. I didn’t think about it. I was just upset about the loss. Not being able to play in Game 7 never crossed my mind.” Memphis Commercial Appeal

May 2, 2014 Updates
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And yet, Randolph may be the one member of the team's core heading toward a summer of uncertainty. Randolph has a $16.5 million player option for next season, and while both he and team management have hinted at an interest in a multi-year deal at a smaller per-year figure, what each side deems reasonable may not necessarily mesh. Randolph’s heart may be in Memphis, but neither his agent nor the Grizzlies front office is likely to be as swayed by sentiment. And Randolph’s defensive decline may weigh as heavily as his offensive resurgence as the Grizzlies game-plan their future. ESPN.com

March 22, 2014 Updates
March 21, 2014 Updates

But a person with knowledge of the Grizzlies thinking said Randolph will be the focus of their free agency affection and that the interest they have in Pau Gasol would be secondary. The relevant question on that front, it seems, is whether Pau would be so interested in reuniting with his brother in Memphis and contending for a crown that he might be willing to play a complementary role behind Randolph and Marc Gasol while accepting a contract that would likely be below market value. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such talks. USA Today Sports

March 15, 2014 Updates

It reminds me of that February night in 2007 in Los Angeles, when a rookie named Brandon Roy came barreling out of the bathroom in the locker room at halftime to confront Zach Randolph, who was berating the Blazers guards for being unable to keep Smush Parker in front of them. In front of everyone, Roy told Randolph he was out of line, that this was a team, and there would be no finger pointing. Randolph waited by the locker room door as the team filed out for the second half and stopped Roy. He apologized, and from there, the team was Roy’s. Oregonian

March 7, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

Zach Randolph missed the Memphis' Grizzlies game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night because of the flu. The veteran power forward came to the arena in hopes of playing, but sat in the locker room with a hood over his head and holding his stomach and decided to sit out. USA Today Sports

February 26, 2014 Updates

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