Randolph was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for possession of marijuana, Bleacher Report reports. Details surrounding the arrest are still emerging, but at this point it's certainly possible that Randolph could face some sort of discipline from the Kings or the NBA. A decision likely won't come in the immediate future, however, so it's too early to predict how the situation could affect his value going forward.
Randolph inked a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Almost immediately after the news of the Kings signing George Hill to a three-year deal, word came down the pipeline that Randolph too had signed an offer with the Kings. Both moves are somewhat perplexing considering the assumed rebuilding nature of the Kings, though the team is certainly still at the bottom of the barrel in the Western Conference and could continue to accrue lottery picks. Randolph, a 16-year NBA veteran, will likely mentor the young Kings frontcourt while possibly seeing a sixth man role similar to what he played in Memphis last season. During the 2016-17 campaign, Z-Bo averaged 14.1 points on 44.9 percent from the field and 8.2 boards across 24.5 minutes per game.
Randolph, a pending unrestricted free agent, was asked about his future with the Grizzlies and indicated that he'd like to return, Ronald Tillery of Sports56 reports. "That's my goal," said the veteran power forward. Randolph saw roughly five fewer minutes per game on average compared to last season, though he still managed a respectable 14.1 points per appearance and even had a modest spike in rebounds (8.2). He's already spent eight seasons in Memphis and that's his longest with any team since Portland drafted him 19th overall in 2001.
Randolph tallied 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 105-94 win over the Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoffs. The veteran was inserted into the starting five in an effort to spice up the Grizzlies offense and validated coach David Fizdale's decision by tying Marc Gasol for the second-highest scoring total on the night. Randolph actually took a team-high amount of shot attempts and paced Memphis in rebounds as well. While his scoring presence is missed on the second unit, Randolph could well be in for another start in Saturday's Game 4 given his level of production.
Randolph will draw the start at power forward for Thursday's Game 3 matchup against the Spurs, Rob Fischer of FOX Sports Southeast reports. With the team down 0-2 in the series, the Grizzlies will opt to switch things up, inserting Randolph into the starting five in place of JaMychal Green. It's unclear how drastic of a minutes change Randolph will see, as he's averaged 31.0 minutes per game over the past two contests. That being said, the Grizzlies have their backs against the wall, so it seems likely that their veteran forward will see as many minutes as he can handle provided the game stays close.
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