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Zach Randolph has summer to ponder new contract

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Randolph has said before he wants to retire here, but is unsure what the future holds. Randolph has said before he wants to retire here, but is unsure what the future holds.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Zach Randolph may have played his last game in a Grizzlies uniform at the Grindhouse on Thursday.

Randolph holds a player option for next season that he can pick up to stay with the Grizz, or he can opt out and become a free agent.

If he picks up his option, his contract will likely be restructured to a lower salary to give Memphis cap room.

The current option would pay him $16.5 million, a difficult cap hit for the Grizzlies to take.

Randolph has said before he wants to retire here, but is unsure what the future holds.

"It could be a possibility, like I said I haven't gotten there yet, you know I aint talked to the owner, or Jason, or management or my agent," said Randolph. "You know I've just been focused on the season."

His teammates know exactly where they think he should be.

"He's part of the reason why I came here. I don't want him to go nowhere," said Tony Allen. "I'm pretty sure he left his mark, pretty sure things will get there, but he's a great brother to have in the locker room and he's our leader."

Mike Conley also believes the man they call "ZBO" will stay in Memphis.

"I don't think I need to persuade him to be honest with you. He loves this city, he loves the people, he loves his team, loves his teammates so I think in my all heart of hearts he'll be back," said Conley.

The Grizzlies will also decide if they want to re-sign Ed Davis whose contract runs out.
James Johnson and Beno Udrih, added on minimum deals also hit the free agent market this summer.

As does Mike Miller, who came to Memphis on a 1 year deal.

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