According to a recent report from Yahoo! sports, Zach Randolph might be opting out of his contract to become a free agent:
The Memphis Grizzlies and forward Zach Randolph have reached an impasse in contract extension talks and the two-time All-Star forward is thinking seriously about triggering his early termination option and becoming a free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, has been in steady talks with general manager Chris Wallace and Grizzlies ownership for several weeks, but the sides have dug in recently and have been unable to find common ground – specifically on the length and money of the deal, sources said.
Memphis has held firm on a three-year extension, but Randolph has preferred the security of four years, league sources said.
Randolph, 32, has until June 30 to trigger a $16.5 million player option on the final season of his contract. If he opts out, he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
An extremely popular figure in the Memphis community, Randolph has expressed a strong desire to finish his career in the city where his NBA career has truly blossomed. The Grizzlies have been trying to secure him with an extension, but the sides haven’t been able to get together on the length and money of the deal.
It looked as if Z-Bo was ready to sign his extension, but this recent news is troubling for the Grizzlies. Whether or not this is a function of the front office being disfunctional is unknown. This would potentially throw Pau Gasol back into the mix for Memphis, but we’ll have to see how this situation plays out.