Randolph receives contract extension from Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers announced at a Monday afternoon news conference the signing of forward Zach Randolph to a multi-year contract extension.
As per club policy, terms were not disclosed, but the deal will keep him with Portland through at least the 2010-11 season.
"I'm very excited to be a Portland Trail Blazer for at least the next seven seasons," said Randolph. "I love the fans and the Portland community, and am looking forward to helping lead the Trail Blazers back to the NBA playoffs."
Randolph started 80 of the 81 games he appeared in last season for Portland and was the Trail Blazers' leading scorer and rebounder. He averaged 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest, more than doubling his output from the 2002-03 campaign.
"This extension represents a major commitment to a young, up-and-coming star within the NBA," said general manager John Nash. "We look forward to many successful seasons together and to Zach Randolph becoming a fixture with the organization and the Portland community."
The 23-year-old Randolph, who was named the league's Most Improved Player for the 2003-04 season, will be entering his fourth year in the NBA after being selected by Portland with the 19th overall pick in the 2001 draft.
In 199 career games, he has posted averages of 12.0 points and 6.3 boards per outing.POR