Zach Randolph Extension a Smart Move for Memphis Grizzlies

By Nathan Grubel
Zach Randolph
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The Memphis Grizzlies have already began to make moves this offseason.

Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies have agreed to a two-year, $20 million extension, which will pay the star forward $10 million next season as opposed to over $17 million, which is what he would have been owed if he would have opted into the last year on his last contract. This move will give Memphis some cap relief while allowing the team to retain one of its most important players.

Randolph has proven to be one of the better power forwards in the NBA during his time with the Grizzlies. Last season, Randolph continued to provide great production as he averaged 17.4 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting to go along with 10.1 rebounds per game. Randolph is at his best when he is grabbing rebounds on both ends of the floor and using those opportunities to either get easy buckets or get the team started in transition. On offense, Randolph is able to utilize his size and footwork to get buckets around the rim, as well as step outside and knock down a jump shot out to about 15 feet. Defensively, Randolph is not a swat master, but he does provide enough size and strength to be a tough match-up for opposing big men, and is good at clogging the lane and drawing charges when he has to.

Randolph is a powerhouse, and locking him up for two more years was a smart move by the Grizzlies. Even smarter was getting him on a more cap-friendly deal so that the team can pursue higher tier free agents this summer such as Pau Gasol and Luol Deng. Both forwards would be able to fill a role that the Grizzlies desperately need: offense. Not to mention both players are great enough defenders to be able to hold their own on the floor.

Memphis wants to contend for a championship for the foreseeable future, and with Randolph, plus another piece or two, the team can most certainly do so.

Nathan Grubel is a Memphis Grizzlies writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @The_Only_Grubes, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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