Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  25 responses

Zach Randolph: Give Me Pau Gasol-Type Money

Z-Bo has the respect and admiration of his new NBA city, and now he wants the dollars that come along with that. From FanHouse: “After Monday’s shootaround at the Pepsi Center, Memphis forward Zach Randolph yelled to teammate Marc Gasol, ‘What’d your brother get?’ Randolph might not know the exact details of the three-year, $57 million extension Gasol’s brother, Lakers big man Pau Gasol, signed last December that runs through the 2013-14 season. But Randolph does believe he’s worthy of getting a similar extension. ‘Definitely,’ Randolph said. Randolph said in an interview with FanHouse before Monday’s game at Denver he wants to sign an extension this summer, and has told Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley his desire to remain with the Grizzlies beyond when his contract expires in 2011. He brought up the link to Pau Gasol. ‘Me and Pau Gasol got signed to the same deal when he was in Memphis and I was in Portland,” said Randolph, whose contract actually is slightly less, with Randolph making $16 million this season and $17.33 million next season and the Lakers star earning $16.45 million and $17.82 million in those seasons. ‘We got the same contract, and it got extended. … I hope (to get the extension done this summer). I’d definitely like to get it done.”’

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  • Charbury

    This is where everything goes wrong for Memphis.

  • MikeC.

    When players start yelling about contracts during games and/or practices, things are already going way wrong.

  • Randy Brown

    @Charbury – Exactly what I was about to post

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyY2_6_fbU SMK

    not likely… Memphis has to get Rudy Gay signed and Z-Bo might as well change the name on his jersey to ‘Expiring Contract’.

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  • The D Train

    Not sure that being a one-time all-star with a history of being a total head-case and getting dumped by former teams so he would not influence the incoming talent really warrants Gasol-type dollars. Of course NBA GM’s are not famous for looking at a player’s total body of work, so look for Zach to cash in on his one good season.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Zack didn’t have one good season.
    He’s been putting up numbers for years. Now, he has had problems with defense and passing, but his 20 and 10 has been constant for a long time now.
    I don’t think he’s on Pau’s level as a team player, but he’s still worth a nice chunk of change.

  • Roc

    It’s time for Z-Bo to get paid. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s an all-star, and he’s going to be all-star for years to come. But Rudy definitely needs to get re-signed too if Memphis hopes to make the playoffs next year.

  • The D Train

    Allen…I guess it boils down to how we are defining “good.” I am guessing that Portland, NY and the Clippers figured that Zach’s deficiencies in regards to passing, defense and overall team contributions outweighed his ability to put up double-double’s. At least I am guessing that based on them jettisoning him out of town for nothing approaching All-Star talent. I watched that cat for a few years here in Portland, and I would never categorize Zach as being a well-rounded guy, or even one that could contribute to a winning team. He played in the playoffs his first two years when he was a reserve and not a featured player in Portland. Once Zach started getting ample playing time, he got his numbers. Of course his teams have not been back to the playoffs in any of those years, but playing for the Knicks and Clippers in that time frame probably absolves him of some of the blame. I also must admit bias because he seemed like a horrible part of Blazer history, so maybe my view is a bit askew.

  • tavoris

    Z-Bo can score & board, but he’s not worth Pau Gasol money. He’s been overpaid ever since he got that bloated contract from Portland. Plus, there are plenty of PF’s to be had either thru free agency or via trade. Marc Gasol is a MUCH bigger priority for the Grizz.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I would say that Zack made great strides this year towards playing a team game. That was really his biggest flaw, and he made some serious corrections to that in Memphis. We shall see if he keeps it up next year.

  • Bart

    Zach is definitely well ’round’ed if you get my drift

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    He didn’t take them to the playoffs, so I don’t know why he needs to get paid like a game changer. Sorry, but if they give him that money (or anything near it) they can kiss keeping the younger players goodbye.

  • zop

    he’s worthy of at 6-10 mil max. he’s growing older

  • Dagger

    Zach Randolph showing that for all his improvement as a basketball player, deep down he’s still the same old Zach Randolph.

  • Sparty’s Law

    Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted, Memphis.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    he deserves a nice contract. of course grizz need to pay rudy first, before rc buford swoops him up. zach gets a bad rap, some deserved. but on the court, he is one of a handful that go 20 10 every night, he has improved on other aspects of his game as well. zach and marc are a tough combo to beat.

  • Lazaruz

    an aldridge, randolph combo would look pretty good this season.

    dunno what type of contract he deserves, wouldnt be giving him what pau got though.

  • Joe King

    Seriously, what’s the differance between 16mil and 17mil. Its not like he’s got a family to feed……

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Joe King, it’s Zack Randolph. Might as well be feeding a family.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    melvin ely for the win.

  • http://www.jewelzlopez.com -Mas-

    That just goes to show where Zach’s interest are. Not in making the playoffs (like Memphis did during Pau’s years) but making as much money as possible. Not trying to build a competitive team to aspire to a title (Gay, Mayo, Gasol is a good foundation) But to aspire to make as much money in the next couple of years. That’s the difference between a great player and a good player. KG knew he couldn’t do it alone and so did Pierce and Allen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Either of the Gasols > Zach Randolph. Z-Bo has been impressive this year, but statements like this show his immense immaturity.

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  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    KG Pierce and Allen were all making max money when they won the chip, and they’ll probably split up once they’re contracts expire. Precisely in order to get P-A-I-D.
    VERY few pro athletes make contract decisions where money isn’t the primary motivating factor. I’m not saying thats bad, but lets be realistic. Not to mention agents, who’s whole purpose in life is to get more paper for the clients (and themselves)