Zach Randolph didn't shove any of his feelings. Hours after the Memphis Grizzlies lost Game 7 of their Western Conference playoff series at Oklahoma City, Randolph talked for the first time about his suspension for the controversial shove of Steven Adams.

"Sitting in the room for a push when guys do a lot of other stuff, it was very disappointing," Randolph said. "I was shocked. After the game, I didn't think about it or woke up in the morning thinking I might be suspended. It was totally surprising."

But that is now old news. New news is whether or not Randolph will get a shot at redemption -- in a Grizzlies uniform. Randolph can either pick up his contract's player option and stay in Memphis or opt out. He wants to be back and has said so as trade rumors swirled each of the last two seasons.

"Yeah, oh yeah definitely," Randolph said of wanting to return.

Simple enough. But if he picks up the option, it won't be for the current $16.5 million. Memphis has cap room to think about. The Grizzlies want him back. Even coach Dave Joerger said he has taken on a new role in Randolph's upcoming negotiations.

"Chief recruiter?" Joerger asked a pool of reporters Sunday.

Randolph averaged a double-double, 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, both above his 13-year career averages. The 32-year-old admits he's not a spring chicken anymore, well, almost admitted it.