Memphis Grizzlies’ power forward Zach Randolph was suspended for the Grizzlies’ 120-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 Saturday night after he hit Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 6.
It may have been Randolph’s last game with the Grizzlies because he will become a free agent in the summer if he does to opt out of the final year of his contract worth $16.5 million, which many expect him to do.
The Grizzlies want to keep Randolph, but may not be able to afford it.
The general sense around the team is that the Grizzlies want to keep their face of the franchise in his adopted hometown, but at a friendlier price point.
Those who know Randolph best are adamant that he hopes to stick around and re-sign on a multi-year deal — you’ll recall him telling Stein Line Live back in November that he hopes to retire a Grizzly — but the extent to which he’s willing to accept a pay cut remains a bit fuzzy./p
A three-year deal worth $30 to $35 million, similar to recent contracts Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett have carried, is believed to be Z-Bo’s realistic ballpark. Can he live with that? Can Memphis?
Randolph averaged 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game this season.