In this day and age of sports, it usually always comes down to the benjamins when players are deciding what team to stick with. That is apparently not the case for Grizzlies C Zach Randolph. CBS Sports is reporting that Randolph would rather stay in Memphis even if it meant taking a pay cut. When the issue was raised, Randolph had this to say.
I’d like to be here. I’d like to retire here. You never know. If I’ve got to make some sacrifices to be here, I would. I still can play. I can still help a team out. I want to win a championship. I’ve made all the money in the world. I just want to win. I don’t know yet [about opting in or opting out], but Memphis is my home. If they trade me tomorrow, I’m here. I just bought a new house. My daughters go to school [in Memphis]. That’s my home.
However, there have been rumors circulating that the Grizzlies new owners have been shopping Randolph, so it might be unlikely that Randolph stays with the team for the next few years much less the end of this season. Either way it’s nice to see that Randolph is so committed to the Memphis team and community.