Zach Randolph is officially a Grizzly as he signed his new contract earlier today. The Grizzlies even took a photo, and it is easily the best thing I’ve seen all day:
If that doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will. Z-Bo was one of two players to get some paperwork done, as Memphis also inked Jordan Adams to his rookie contract. But when it came to Randolph, the official Grizzlies website noted:
This past season, Randolph tied for fourth in the NBA in double-doubles (47) and was one of seven NBA players to average at least 17 points and 10 rebounds, recording a double-double average for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and for the eighth time in his 13-year NBA career. He tallied his 190th double-double in a Grizzlies uniform on Jan. 28, 2014 at Portland, breaking the franchise record once held by Pau Gasol, and tallied his 400th career double-double on March 26, 2014 at Utah, becoming the fourth-quickest active player to reach 400 behind Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett.
“Zach has become a cornerstone of our franchise, and his contributions have been immense not just on the court but in the Memphis community,” said Grizzlies Interim General Manager Chris Wallace. “Through that process, he’s become one of the most popular Grizzlies in the history of the organization.”
Re-signing Z-Bo was a very important part of this off-season for Memphis, and seeing that big Z-Bo smile is a great way to get things started.