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Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:04 pm
Grizzlies talking to Zach Randolph's representatives to finish extension before playoffs begin. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Memphis Grizzlies return to the playoffs this weekend for the first time since 2006.  It's the first moment of genuine excitement for the team and city since the rebuilding process began after the trade of Pau Gasol. But something does come after the playoffs and the Grizzlies have a great number of things to work out with regards to their future roster. Chief among those concerns is Zach Randolph who needs a new contract. But it would appear the Grizzlies are trying to settle that concern before the playoffs even begin. The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports today that Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley strolled on into FedEx Forum with Randolph as Randolph's representatives worked out an extension with management. 
When asked if that was a sure sign that his contract extension was all but a done deal, Randolph smiled and said: "They're saying its close."

Raymond Brothers is Randolph's agent and he's been locked in nonstop negotiations with Griz general manager Chris Wallace for the past week. After poking around a little bit today, I'm told that the issues left on the table are so minor that a deal could be finalized and announced as soon as today.
via Griz deal with Z-Bo could be done today - The Memphis Edge.

The key will be not just how much they give Randolph, but how many years. Randolph turns 30 this summer and while his game doesn't rely on athleticism so it's likely he may sustain production longer than a leaper, there's still going to be a dip. The team needs to structure a contract that rewards the work Randolph has put in both on and off the floor for Memphis, but also allows for their future growth. Too strong of an offer and they'll limit themselves. But apparently they have a set already agreed to. Getting it done before the playoffs is either a brilliant tactical move and good karma, or counting chickens before they hatch. 


Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:49 am

Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

Aren't the grizz wearing theirself a little thin at this time? They already signed Rudy Gay and Mike Conley to long-term extensions. Z-Bo's long term extension will have their Big 3 intact for several years. I'm not sure about Tony Allen's deal, but I believe they paid him big bucks off his big postseason with Boston. I love Memphis' progress, but this is no longer a young team. Competitive yes, but an 8 seed really isn't all that much to get excited about.

Is there money left to resign Gasol? What are they going to do to fill the void of losing their 6th man OJ Mayo? I don't think they make the playoffs without either of those guys.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:41 pm

Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

Zack Ranolph and Kevin Love are the too most overrated players in the league in my opinion.

And yet look at how much better Memphis has been with Zach as their leader. There's nothing overrated about what Randolph has done in Memphis.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:22 pm

Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

Randolph's turnaround with the Grizzlies this year has been uneal. Without a doubt he has been the catalyst of these young team. He has been a very positive influence both inside and outsdide the court in Memphis. They definitely love this man in Memphis.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:43 pm

Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

Zack Ranolph and Kevin Love are the too most overrated players in the league in my opinion. Neither contributes anything good at the defensive end, which is half the game. Both suck guarding their own man, and neither offers anything as help defenders.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:51 pm

Grizzlies close to deal with Randolph?

good stuff. the man has really been worth it. He was once the face of the 'Jail Blazers,' and now he's kept out of trouble and he's led the young grizzlies to the playoffs. I honestly thought I would never see such a turn-around.

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