“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.
Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein expressed similar sentiments following a victory over San Antonio earlier this week after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich noticed how the culture in Sacramento has “changed drastically.” “The culture was changed before our first game through the guys,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been here for four years and this is the first time that everybody is on one page and everybody likes playing with each other. Everybody really cares if you do well. “In the past, it was like these two dudes need to get their numbers and we might win, and if we win it’s cool. Now, it’s like we’re playing for everybody else to play good. We’re helping each other play good and it’s more fun that way. Everybody is getting touches and everybody is getting to make plays, and that’s how you keep everyone engaged and happy.”