Zach Randolph has been a key contributor for the Grizzlies success in recent years. Randolph has helped guide the Grizzlies to three consecutive playoff appearances with the latest resulting in the organization’s first trip to the Conference Finals.
Randolph is 32 years old and has the option of opting out of his contract at the end of this season. Randolph is currently averaging 17.3 PPG, 10.3 rebounds and 2.5 APG. Those are better numbers than Randolph’s career average of (17.1, 9.4, 1.8).
Randolph told ESPN.com that he’d like to finish his career in Memphis. He said, “If I’ve got to make sacrifices to be here, I would. … I’ve made all the money in the world.”
The question remains though, would it be wise for the Grizzlies to retain Randolph? The Grizzlies don’t have great options off the bench to possibly succeed Randolph. Ed Davis is in his contract year and hasn’t lived up to the expectations the Grizzlies front office had since acquiring him from Toronto.
Zach has been regressing, but very slowly. His shooting percentage this year is 45.7% down .14 points from his career average of 47.1%. Randolph has also seen a drop in his steals, blocks and free throw percentage.
The Grizzlies have 23 games remaining this season and are 1 game out of the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoff race. Randolph will surely be a key factor the remainder of the season if the Grizzlies want to make their 4th consecutive playoff appearance.