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Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph
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Born: 07/16/81
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Earnings: $199,124,765 ($228,250,395*)

Two more years for Z-Bo?

Seeing him Friday, though, was a reminder of how rare it is that an NBA career ends on a player’s terms. Because Randolph isn’t ready to call it quits. He’s still working out here in Memphis, where he lives with his family during the offseason, hopeful another team will give him a chance. “I want to be a Hall of Famer. Just go down as one of the best to ever do it,” Randolph said. “I want to play a couple more years.”
Randolph was in South Memphis Friday afternoon to announce a $10,000 scholarship donation to Shelby County Alternative Schools on behalf of his Memphis-based music label, N-Less Entertainment. You read that right: Randolph owns a record label along with business partner Marcus Howell these days, and their biggest act is a rising local star on the Memphis rap scene. In fact, Z-Bo will be at Beale Street Music Festival Sunday when Moneybagg Yo performs a set. Randolph still isn’t done with basketball and he still hasn’t closed the door on playing for the Grizzlies again. More on that later.
The Kings acquired the 26-year-old small forward on the eve of the trade deadline in a deal that sent Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to Dallas. In his first 20 games with the Kings, Barnes averaged 15.1 points, shot 40 percent from 3-point range, played lock-down defense on some of the game’s most prodigious scorers and provided intangible benefits with his leadership, experience, poise and versatility. “He’s a guy who can go in the post and score (or) isolate on the perimeter, especially at the elbows,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “I like having him being able to see where everybody is, make an open 3 and defend some of the bigger (small forwards) in our league. And, obviously, he’s a very professional guy, a high-character guy and a terrific guy, and a fun guy to coach every day.”
There is a new leader in the clubhouse with cap space. The trade to acquire Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson now has the Mavericks with $13.1M in room to either use at the deadline or up until June 30. Dallas now projects to have $30M in room for 2019-20. That number could increase to $40M if Dwight Powell opts-out of his contract.
7 months ago via ESPN
The Kings could still be an option for that third team and, according to sources, have been separately negotiating a straight swap for Kanter. One scenario is Kanter for Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos. As the Daily News reported, the Knicks would need a “sweetener” to make such a trade work with the Kings, such as a second-round pick. Whether Parker fits that “sweetener” description is unclear, but ESPN reported in December the Knicks expressed interest in dealing for the 23-year-old.
“Do you see the Grizz trying to sign ZBO if he is bought out by Sacramento? Then retire at the end of the season.” Nothing has changed on this front since I last dismissed it. I continue to think a portion of the fan base hungers for it much more than the Grizzlies do. But it’s also worth noting that as long as Randolph is accepting of the status quo in Sacramento – and he seems to be – there’s no reason for the Kings to buy him out until after the trade deadline. They don’t have their draft pick this summer and really want to win this year. Randolph’s $11.7 million expiring contract could be a trade chip.
“He’s got a lot left to give,” Joerger said. “We see Tyson Chandler got picked up real quick. Veterans who have experience, have been in the playoffs, those guys are always very valuable and we certainly value him very highly as well.” Randolph signed a two-year deal with the Kings in the summer of 2017 that pays him $11.7 million this season. If he’s still with the team after the trade deadline, there always is a chance that he becomes a buyout candidate. Until then, he’ll likely focus on the role of veteran teacher on the sidelines.
Storyline: Zach Randolph Buyout?
Randolph has spent time around the team during training camp and early in the season, but he’s been home handling some personal business back in Memphis as of late. The plan is for Randolph to be around the team more and to continue to work with the young players. While the team isn’t actively shopping Z-Bo, there always is a chance he’ll finish the season elsewhere. “Any opportunity for us to improve, we’ll look at it, but we’re not focusing (on trading him),” Divac said. “We’re happy that he’s around those young guys.”
Jeter had been thinking about putting a basketball clinic together connecting the top kids from Los Angeles with current and former professional basketball players in the NBA and overseas. That kid’s question prompted Jeter to join forces with NBA free-agent guard Bobby Brown and renowned basketball trainer Rico Hines to start the invitation-only Los Angeles Basketball Skills Clinic, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at an undisclosed location. Jeter said the clinic will include 60 top high school boys, about 10 of the top high school girls, and local college players. They will get basketball training and mentoring from pro players with ties to Los Angeles. NBA All-Stars Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan and Paul George are expected to attend, and possibly James Harden, Jeter said. Other current NBA players include former Los Angeles Clippers players Chris Paul and Zach Randolph, the L.A.-area native Holiday brothers (Jrue, Justin and Aaron), Tyson Chandler, Brandon Jennings, Delon Wright, Allen Crabbe, Jordan Bell, Solomon Hill, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tony Snell, Dewayne Dedmon and Chimezie Metu.
Zach Randolph is ALL ABOUT having a female head coach in the NBA — especially after working with a female asst. coach on the Kings … telling TMZ Sports it was one of best experiences of his career. The entire NBA is buzzing about Becky Hammon — an assistant with the Spurs who’s in the running for the head coaching job in Milwaukee. If hired, she’d be the first female head coach in NBA history.
Storyline: Becky Hammon Head Coach?
Of course, what I found most interesting was actually the guys who got multiple votes from their compatriots without being All-Star caliber players. My favorite list of player-voted non-All-Stars includes: Michael Beasley (4), Gordon Hayward (2), Boban Marjanovic (2), Jahlil Okafor (4), Quincy Acy (2), Tyler Zeller (4), T.J. McConnell (2), Elfrid Payton (2), Zaza Pachulia (3), Taj Gibson (6), Zach Randolph (5), Maurice Harkless (2), Deyonta Davis (3), Lonzo Ball (9), Mike Conley (3).
Storyline: All-Star Selections
Sean Cunningham‏: Former Grizzlies teammate Marc Gasol got emotional in talking about facing his former teammate & good friend Zach Randolph. Marc Gasol on Zach Randolph: It’s special. So many thing go through your head, so many emotions. Truly a brother. I know we’re both in situations that we’re not used to being in and we feel for each other but when we go out there, he knew I was not going to let him play and I knew he was not going to … It was fun. It’s good to see him always. I can’t wait to play him again. We made each other better when we were playing together, we made each other better in practice when we battled each other. I miss him. I miss him every day.
Here’s the issue. The Kings brought in Hill, Zach Randolph and Vince Carter during the offseason and still have Garrett Temple on the roster. These are respected vets who can play. These are vets brought in to help a young team, and according to sources, were brought in with the promise of a team aiming to be playoff competitive. But that promise was made to them by Scott Perry, who since left Sacramento and now makes personnel decisions for the New York Knicks. So the direction of the franchise has shifted since Perry left. An organization that brought in veterans aiming to win now is aiming to lose. Not surprisingly, Hill isn’t happy, according to multiple sources And the other veterans can’t be too happy, either. So the Kings have a mess on their hands. I’ve always liked Hill’s game, but when he signed in Sacramento, I questioned the prudence of the Kings bringing him on board when they just drafted De’Aaron Fox, the quicksilver point guard from Kentucky.
Storyline: Kings Front Office
So the Kings signed veteran Zach Randolph in the offseason and are bringing Labissiere along slowly. It’s not uncommon to see Labissiere staying after practice to work on post moves, honing his physicality. Randolph said Labissiere’s “upside is through the roof” and that he needs to remain patient and work hard. “I tell him, ‘Just keep playing,’” Randolph said. “He played good (Saturday). The kid works hard and that’s all you can do, keep working and that’s what Skal does every day. He puts his time in and he works.”
He reaches for a pair of latex gloves in his stall, then guides one over his right hand with the practiced skill of a nurse or a surgeon. He grabs a tube of cream, and accompanied by the sounds of grunts and groans, massages the product into his sore quads, knees, calves, feet and ankles. He was most generous around the ankles – almost a deep-tissue massage – and sweating heavily when he finished. “FlexPower,” Randolph explained, handing over the cream for examination. The product ingredients include Arnica, Glucosamine, green tea and tissue nutrients and claim to provide “a gradual heat that helps keep your joints and muscles toasty warm.” “But I don’t know,” the power forward says, shrugging. “I’ve been using it for years. But I think it might be more of a mind thing.”
“It’s embarrassing,” he said, “but I tell the young guys, ‘Things happen in life. You grow from adversity.’ For me, just taking care of everything, dealing with all that stuff, really threw me off. I’ve got the type of body that’s top heavy, like Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins). But even though you’re built differently than slim guys like Skal or Willie (Cauley-Stein), that’s no excuse. You’ve got to be in shape.”
But back to Randolph’s pregame ritual and those sore limbs. His body isn’t what it used to be, he says, but he should be in better shape. He gained weight and his offseason conditioning routine was disrupted when he was arrested in Los Angeles on felony marijuana charges. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors, and if he completes a diversion program and 150 hours of community service, the case will be dismissed. “It’s embarrassing,” he said, “but I tell the young guys, ‘Things happen in life. You grow from adversity.’ For me, just taking care of everything, dealing with all that stuff, really threw me off. I’ve got the type of body that’s top heavy, like Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins). But even though you’re built differently than slim guys like Skal or Willie (Cauley-Stein), that’s no excuse. You’ve got to be in shape.”
Kings forward Zach Randolph reached a deal with prosecutors in Los Angeles to avoid jail time stemming from an arrest in August, TMZ reported Wednesday. Randolph was due in court Thursday to face misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest and could have been sentenced to up to one year in jail if convicted on both charges. According to TMZ, Randolph will plead no contest to resisting arrest and the marijuana charge will be dismissed in exchange for 150 hours of community service. If Randolph completes the community service and has no run-ins with the law of the next 12 months, the resisting arrest conviction will be erased from his record.
Storyline: Zach Randolph Arrest
Behind the scenes, Temple established himself as an authentic voice of experience. Vince Carter will carry a lot of weight in the locker room as a former superstar turned aging mentor. Zach Randolph commands respect with his 16 years of grinding through the NBA, and George Hill will take on tutoring the rookie point guards. But at the end of last season, Sacramento’s locker room was all Temple’s. He was voted the Kings’ teammate of the year and he has built strong bonds with the young core. He’s already spent time this summer with the incoming rookie crop, which only solidifies his spot as a team leader.
Randolph was initially arrested for felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a charge based on the large quantity of weed cops say he had at the time. But now, prosecutors have reduced the charges down to misdemeanor possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana and misdemeanor resisting arrest. If convicted on both counts, Randolph faces up to 1 year in jail — but since it’s his first arrest, he likely won’t spend another minute behind bars.
Rasheed Wallace says he knows “for a fact” Zach Randolph is no drug dealer — despite getting busted with more than 2 pounds of weed … telling TMZ Sports Z-Bo just knows how to throw a party. We spoke with Sheed about the NBA star’s recent L.A. arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to sell … and Wallace laughed off any notion that Randolph was trying to slang. “It seems to be — no matter who you are — the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party,” Sheed says. “I know for a fact he ain’t no dope dealer.”