Memphis Grizzlies and Zach Randolph halt contract talks, might head into free agency

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Not exactly what I wanted to read this morning, but it's to be expected.

The Woj-man comes bearing unpleasant news for Grizzlies fans on the morning before the 2014 NBA Draft.

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies have reached an impasse over possibly extending his contract in the Bluff City. The roots of this predicament appear to be the usual suspects, time and money. Zach wants more of them. The Grizzlies want to give less. Specifically, it seems, Z-Bo wants a 4-year deal while the Grizzlies are firm on leaving it at 3 years. There's probably a discrepancy of several million dollars involved somewhere in the discussion, too.

This could have an immediate impact on the Grizzlies as they head into the 2014 NBA Draft tomorrow night. Were power forwards high on the list? There's a few who are on the radar, but this could very well scoot a few PF bleeps, creeps and sweeps into the screen for Memphis.

If the Grizzlies were looking to trade back and pick up a second rounder, this situation could have them stand pat at #22 to take a big body to potentially replace Z-Bo. Perhaps a Jarnell Stokes, T.J. Warren or Clint Capela are now more in the conversation.

Regardless of what they do in the draft, the Grizzlies could have a big hole to fill for next season. Zach Randolph is a fixture, an institution here in Memphis. I was under the impression that winning was more important to Zach than padding his bank account, but I have possibly been duped by some fleeting sentiments.

Maybe Zach is asking for something reasonable and it's the Grizzlies who are mucking up the situation with a low-ball offer. My intuitive self feels it's likely the opposite, and it's a moderately disappointing feeling I bear right now.

But hey, it doesn't look like we have to worry about Chris Wallace handing out a "Rudy Gay contract" this summer.

Stay tuned for more details here on GBB.

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