Zach Randolph: Give Me Pau Gasol-Type Money

by April 13, 2010

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.”’