When Zach Randolph joined the Grizzlies before the 2009-2010 season, the team was in a rut. Memphis was coming off 3 consecutive seasons of 25 wins or less.
It’s no doubt that the 32 year old Power Forward was one of the best acquisitions in franchise history for Memphis. During Randolph’s first season with Memphis back in 2009-2010, he helped the Grizzlies get back to a more respectable record of 40-42. Randolph started 81 games, averaging 20.8 ppg, 11.7 rebounds and .488% shooting.
Zach has not only been a great player on the court, but he has been a great role model off the court. During the 2013-2014 season, Randolph won the NBA Kia Community Assist Award for the month of November. Randolph has done a great job in the Memphis community helping out local schools, charities, and giving back his time to the Memphis community.
Memphis fans have grown to love #50 and all the work that he has done for the team and the community. Even though Randolph is 32 years old, he is still a vital part of this team. His skill continues to dip each year, but slowly. Zach shot .467% this season, which was the 3rd lowest in his 5 years in Memphis. He’s been a solid player by playing in at least 75 games for the Grizzlies in 4 of his first 5 years in the music city.
Randolph has until June 30th to exercise his $16.5 million player option for the 2014-2015 season. Recent reports suggest that Randolph and the Grizzlies are working on a contract extension to secure the Power Forward.
“It’s going forward,” Grizzlies interim general manager Chris Wallace told the Memphis Commercial Appeal this week. “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 [of a new contract].”
Memphis fans are hoping that the two time All-Star re-signs with the club for the remainder of his career. Even if his skills decline each and every year, Randolph will still be loved by the city of Memphis and all its fans.