Key power forward re-joins club after some uncertainty about his NBA future.
Memphis fans can breathe a sign of relief in the wake of news Zach Randolph be a member of the Grizzlies for the next two seasons.
The Grizzlies were working to complete a deal by July 1 to keep Randolph from reaching the open market. Sources close to the process said Friday that Randolph agreed to a two-year, $20 million extension – which starts in 2015-16 – after invoking his $16.5 million player option for next season.
“It’s cool, man,” Randolph said. “This is where I want to be.”
Randolph, 32, averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, helping Memphis win 50 games despite Marc Gasol’s early-season knee injury in coach Dave Joerger’s first season.
At his age, Randolph could build a later stage career such as Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki as he looks to become a leader in a Grizzlies side that is starting to slide a fraction, after being one of the toughest teams in the West in the past two years.