Zach Randolph opts in, gets extension from Grizzlies

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Zach Randolph has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay in Memphis.

He had a $16,938,333 player option for next season, but that was only a bargaining chip – not a mechanism to leave the Grizzlies.

The negotiations worked.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Really, this works well for both sides.

Randolph’s 2014-15 cap hit remains $16,938,333, but the Grizzlies wouldn’t have had cap room this summer even if Randolph had opted out and re-signed with the same salary spread equally over three years.

Now, he’ll make less in 2015 (when Marc Gasol becomes a free agent) and 2016 (when Mike Conley becomes a free agent).

Randolph will be 35 when this contract ends, and he’s more reliant on athleticism than both believe. By the end of the deal, the power forward could be significantly overpaid.

But he values loyalty, and with this extension, the Grizzlies proved they share the same mindset. This not only keeps Randolph in Memphis, it makes it easier for the Grizzlies to keep Gasol and Conley too.