The franchise paid tribute to Randolph on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) with an emotional tribute, starting with an open letter signed by general manager Chris Wallace and president of business operation Jason Wexler.
He played in just 25 games in 2015-16, undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in October 2015 and suffering another knee injury in January 2016 that would rule him out for the remainder of the season.
"Thank you for all the joy and magical moments too numerous to count". Thank you for your leadership and service.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be retiring number 50 in honor of Zach Randolph. He is our all-time leader in field goals, rebounds and of course, takedowns.
A two-time All-Star and 16-year National Basketball Association veteran, Randolph accepted a transition to sixth man last season and excelled in his reserve role.
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Carter helped the Grizzlies reach the playoffs, and his physical skills - including his spectacular dunking ability - were on display in their first-round series loss to the San Antonio Spurs, when he became the oldest player to start a playoff game since Dikembe Mutombo for Houston in 2008.
Although his stats this past season (14.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 44.9 FG pct) were slightly below his career numbers (16.8, 9.3, 47.1), Randolph was considered the Grizzlies' heart and soul.
Throughout his time in Memphis, Z-Bo donated $20,000 annually to pay utility bills for underprivileged families, one of the many ways he gave back.
"Zach helped establish what it means to play for the Grizzlies on the court and in the community, and in doing so helped forge an identity for our City", the letter read.
He is a proud civic leader and an extraordinary hands-on community benefactor.
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