A couple of hours after Zach Randolph led the Memphis Grizzlies to their first playoff win in franchise history, the team rewarded him with a four-year, $71 million contract extension that was agreed on Saturday night. The first three years are fully guaranteed however, the final year of the deal is a player option. Basketball lines.
The 10-year veteran helped the Grizzlies to a thrilling 101-98 win over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the playoff opener. The 6-9 forward was top performer after posting 25 points and 14 boards as 8th-seeded Memphis beat the Western Conference’s top team. It was the Grizzlies’ first playoff W after 13 attempts. They’d been blown out in all their previous trips to the postseason.
With the 29-year-old Randolph as a foundation piece, Memphis seems to be becoming one of the league’s most promising young teams. Along with Randolph, who averaged team-highs of 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds this season, the Grizzlies also signed small forward Rudy Gay and point guard Mike Conley to long-term deals within the past year to conform a strong nucleus. Basketball betting lines.
Randolph was drafted 19th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2001. After half a dozen seasons playing in Oregon, Randolph went over to play for the New York Knicks followed by a year with the Clippers before landing in Memphis. Basketball scores.
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