For now, Zach Randolph remains undecided about whether or not to opt out of his deal in July. The Grizzlies star forward can play out next season and earn $16.5 million, or elect to join a loaded 2014 free agent class.
Whatever the case, Randolph says Memphis is home, and wants to keep it that way:
“I’d like to be here,” Randolph told ESPN.com. “I’d like to retire here. You never know. If I’ve got to make some sacrifices to be here, I would. I still can play, I can still help a team out. I want to win a championship. I’ve made all the money in the world. I just want to win.
“I don’t know yet [about opting in or opting out], but Memphis is my home. If they trade me tomorrow, I’m here. I just bought a new house. My daughters go to school [in Memphis]. That’s my home.”
Ever since the Grizzlies dealt away Rudy Gay last season, there have been trade rumors involving Z-Bo. Nevertheless, he talks of potentially sacrificing and accepting less money to stay in the same uniform.
Entering a crucial season, Zach Randolph, 32, is in great shape — he lost about 15 pounds over the summer — and headed towards an uncertain future.