It’s always tough for a player to play through trade rumors. Especially when you’re playing for a team that you genuinely love. However, that’s the situation that Zach Randolph is beginning to find himself in.
There are rumors that the Memphis Grizzlies could trade the 32-year-old forward before he decides to opt-out to search for a longer-tenured deal after this season — and that’s what the Grizzlies should be doing, business-wise. Randolph understands that.
But the thing is, Randolph doesn’t want to leave Memphis. Or at least, that’s what he’s saying.
“Go figure,” Z-Bo said following the Grizzlies shootaround at New Orleans Arena on Friday. “Memphis is a place that I’ve come to love and call home and it’s where I would definitely like to retire. I haven’t made any secret of that. Everybody out there knows how I feel.
“I look at it like this: I understand it’s a business. I really do understand that. This is a small market team and money plays a factor. I understand all that. It’s different now. I don’t know if it’s just changes in (salary cap) rules or just a change in the way of the world. Like I said, it’s a business.
“But yeah, it bothers me. It hurts a little bit. I can’t deny that. But it goes to show you that there ain’t no loyalty in this game. It seems like you only get loyalty in certain organizations. You see it in winning organizations like the Spurs, the Lakers, the Heat.
“The truth is there ain’t no loyalty or love, except in certain organizations where they keep players around, value them. Only a very few organizations seem like they want to keep players around to retire there.”
I’m not sure if these comments hurt or help his chances at getting traded or not, but one thing’s for sure — the Grizzlies are going to do what’s best for the Grizzlies. Because at the end of the day, Randolph hits the nail on the head. It’s a business.