Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has reported that Zach Randolph has agreed to terms on a 2-year, $24 million contract with the Sacramento Kings. This means that Zach Randolph will be leaving the Memphis Grizzlies. It is a terrific contract for Zach, and it was a terrific decision by the Grizzlies to not match it.
Free agent Zach Randolph has agreed to a two-year, $24M deal with the Kings, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2017
What this means for the squad moving forward will be addressed in future articles. For now? Let’s focus on a Memphis legend.
Zach Randolph leaves behind a legacy in Memphis that surely no one thought was possible when he became a Grizzly eight seasons ago. It isn’t just the stats, although he did average a double-double over the 551 regular season games he played for Memphis in what may well wind up being a Hall of Fame career. It isn’t just the accolades like being an All-Star for the Grizzlies.
In the process of rebuilding his own reputation and professional life, he helped rebuild a city as well. Through supporting the community with paying heating/electric bills, or for school supplies or meals for those in need, he showed what the power of the professional athlete’s platform can mean for a community.
He helped create “Believe Memphis” on the court, but he reached another level of importance here. He helped Memphis believe that in a city with a lot of problems, there is something to be said for investing a blue-collar town looking to make itself better. He was our blue-collar player. He is the greatest Memphis Grizzly of all time.
Thank you for everything, Z-Bo.