Unrestricted free agent power forward Zach Randolph has opted to leave the Memphis Grizzlies to sign with the Sacramento Kings on a two-year, $24 million deal, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
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
Both years of the contract will be guaranteed, per TNT’s David Aldridge:
Kings aren’t playing: two years, $24 million for Zach Randolph. Both guaranteed. @wojespn first with deal.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 4, 2017
Randolph, along with Tuesday’s signing of George Hill, adds significant veteran presence to an extremely young Kings team.
While Hill – coming off of the best year of his career – will almost certainly start for the Kings, Randolph’s role will likely be as a veteran mentor coming off of the bench. Last season for the Grizzlies, he made the transition to sixth man.
Randolph, 35, started in just five of his 73 starts for the Grizzlies last season, averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game on 44.9 percent shooting.