Zach Randolph Signs With Kings

Apr 20, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) dunks the ball during the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

JULY 10th, 5:58pm: The signing is official, according to a team press release.

JULY 4th, 12:26pm: The Kings will sign Zach Randolph to a two-year, $24MM deal, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Both seasons are fully guaranteed, according to David Aldridge of TNT (Twitter link).

Randolph, who will turn 36 later this month, spent the past eight years in Memphis. His role with the Grizzlies was diminished this season as he lost his starting job and saw his playing time reduced to about 24 minutes per night.

The Cavaliers had also been linked to Randolph and were reported to be greatly interested in adding the bruising power forward. However, Cleveland is well over the cap and couldn’t have offered nearly as much as Sacramento did.

Today’s signings of Randolph and George Hill leave the Kings with $25.3MM in cap space, posts Bobby Marks on ESPN Now. That will be cut further by the upcoming addition of Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is expected to get $27MM over three years. That doesn’t leave enough for a reported max offer to Otto Porter, so the Kings may have decided to move in a different direction.

In addition to what he provides on the court, Randolph can serve as a mentor to the Kings’ young big men, Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere. For Memphis, it’s the latest move away from their grit-and-grind tradition as veteran guard Tony Allen is also considered unlikely to return.

Sacramento will be the fifth franchise for Randolph, a 16-year veteran who started his career with the Trail Blazers and had brief stints with the Knicks and Clippers.

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9 thoughts on “Zach Randolph Signs With Kings

  1. acarneglia

    Didn’t see that coming or the George Hill signing. Sac might sneak in as an 8 seed.

  2. formerlyz

    Didn’t see the Zach Randolph move coming, although they needed help at the 4…

  3. dodgerfan711

    This is what i dont get about the new high salary era. How does luol deng get 72 million but randolph gets 24. Randolph is far and away better than deng

    • yoyo137

      Deng was 31 or 32 when he signed, Z-Bo is about to be 36. And the Lakers messed up and guaranteed him more money than any other team. Those 2 are just not a great comparison.

      • They are a fine comparison, and your explanation is correct in addition to the fact that there was more money available last year and therefor more exorbitant contracts were given out due to the (or perceived need) to bid up to acquire desired players.

    • formerlyz

      B/c the Lakers used Deng at the 3, instead of at the 4 where the heat used him, which is what got him the contract…when he looked like Draymond Green out there, the money made a lot more sense

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