1:51pm: Randolph's one-year deal with Foshan will be worth at least $1.5MM, according to Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge.
10:07am: Prior to signing with the Celtics in the second half of the 2012/13 season, Shavlik Randolph played in China for the CBA's Foshan Lions. Having been waived this summer by Boston, Randolph is now headed back to China, according to Sportando contributor David Pick, who tweets that the big man will return to Foshan.
Randolph, 29, inked a pair of 10-day deals with the Celtics in 2012/13 before signing with the team for the remainder of the season. The former Duke Blue Devil only recorded 4.2 PPG and 4.4 RPG in 16 contests for Boston, but was significantly more productive overseas. Randolph appeared in 28 games for Foshan, averaging 32.0 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 36.5 minutes per contest while shooting 53.1% from the floor.
Because the CBA regular season ends in February, Randolph should have a chance to return stateside and catch on with an NBA team once he plays out the season in China.
Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com has tweeted a string of updates on the Knicks today, as we've noted in a pair of posts. Marc Berman of the New York Post delivered plenty more on the Knicks earlier today, and this evening Zwerling delivers a full story on the latest from New York. We'll hit the highlights from Zwerling's piece here:
- The Knicks and Ivan Johnson are discussing a potential deal. The former Hawks power forward had been holding out for a team to commit its mini mid-level exception to him, but his interest in the Knicks, who can only offer the minimum, indicates that his price may have come down.
- The Knicks' interest in Kris Humphries is mutual, but the Celtics are still unlikely to buy him out.
- Other big men the Knicks are considering include Cole Aldrich, Hamed Haddadi, Jerome Jordan, Gani Lawal, Shavlik Randolph and Henry Sims.
- The Knicks remain interested in Beno Udrih and Bobby Brown, but Zwerling confirms Berman's report that the team is no longer looking at Delonte West.
- Berman wrote that the Knicks are expected to invite Toure Murry to training camp, and Zwerling hears that the team will do the same with "a few young developmental point guards."
6:01pm: The team officially confirmed the move, via press release.
4:48pm: The Celtics have informed Shavlik Randolph that they won't be picking up his team option, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Randolph's contract doesn't technically include a team option, but his 2013/14 salary is non-guaranteed, which amounts to the same thing. That salary was set to become fully guaranteed if the big man remained on Boston's roster beyond today.
Randolph, 29, inked a pair of 10-day deals with the Celtics in 2012/13 before signing with the team for the remainder of the season, as our 10-day contract tracker shows. The former Duke Blue Devil appeared in 16 contests for Boston, averaging 4.2 PPG and 4.4 RPG. He'll become an unrestricted free agent, assuming no team claims him on waivers.
By cutting Randolph, the Celtics will reduce their roster count to 15 players, the maximum amount a team can carry during the regular season.
Let's round up the latest out of the Atlantic Division, with a heavy focus on items out of New York and Boston….
- Euroleague star Bobby Brown worked out for the Knicks yesterday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, adding that New York is considering Brown for one of its remaining roster spots. The former NBA point guard averaged 18.8 PPG and 5.3 APG in 24 Euroleague contests for Italy's Siena this past season.
- The Knicks continue to negotiate a possible deal for Kenyon Martin, GM Glen Grunwald confirmed yesterday to reporters, including Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com. Although the Knicks can only offer Martin slightly above the minimum, Grunwald said talks with the big man and his agent were "going pretty well."
- In addition to acquiring a handful of first-round picks from the Nets in the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett blockbuster, the Celtics already created a significant trade exception, as Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe writes.
- Celtics management would like to bring back Shavlik Randolph, whose non-guaranteed contract becomes fully guaranteed after August 1st, but he may end up being a cap casualty, says Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
- Murphy adds that once the Celtics work through all the red tape involved, they're expected to officially sign Vitor Faverani to a three-year deal worth about $6MM. A report earlier this week indicated that the two sides had reached a contract agreement.
- Several days ago, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star tweeted that, due to physical issues, Julyan Stone "won't sign now" with the Raptors, after having previously agreed to a deal with the team. While we originally interpreted that to mean the signing had been delayed, it appears, based on Smith's latest blog entry, that it has been nixed entirely. As such, we'll return Stone to our list of current free agents.
After a very productive year in China, Shavlik Randolph is playing some of the best ball of his NBA career for the Celtics, but as he tells Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, he's not about to take his current role for granted.
"I’m not the kind of player who can even think about relaxing," Randolph said. "I’m not really gifted enough or talented enough to relax and still go out there and perform. Some guys are, but I’m not. And, look, this can all change in any game. Washington played big (in Sunday’s win by the Celtics), so we needed size. Maybe that got me more time. But I’m going to be ready whatever my role is."
Here's more from around the Eastern Conference:
- Jay-Z has begun the process of selling his small share of the Nets in order to be able to become a certified NBA agent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski, rival agents are anxious about the rapper's ability to attract top prospects and current stars, given his cultural standing.
- With Jason Maxiell facing unrestricted free agency this summer, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press suggests that the forward has likely played his last game with the Pistons. Maxiell, an eight-year veteran, has spent his entire NBA career with the club.
- One of basketball's newest Hall-of-Famers, Gary Payton, tells Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun that he thinks it's unfair to consider Raptors head coach Dwane Casey as on the hot seat. "I think he shouldn’t be under fire, but that’s just the way business goes," Payton said. "I think he understands that and I think he’ll be fine. Give him one more year, ’til you let Rudy [Gay] be there for a whole year and see what happens."
- In his latest piece for the Sporting News, Sean Deveney names the Bucks, Hawks, and Cavaliers as a few teams that could be hunting for a new head coach this summer.
- Writing for SheridanHoops.com, Jon Pastuszek of NiuBBall.com wonders if Yi Jianlian could help a playoff-bound NBA team, listing the Celtics, Pacers, and Knicks among the potential fits.
THURSDAY, 2:20pm: The Celtics have officially re-signed Randolph, the team announced in a press release. The release refers to it as a multiyear deal, which likely means, as Charania reported, that it will be guaranteed for this season and non-guaranteed for next season.
WEDNESDAY, 2:41pm: Randolph's deal with the Celtics will include a team option for next season, tweets Shams Charania of RealGM.com.
11:25am: The Celtics officially signed D.J. White for the remainder of the season today, and will do the same tomorrow with another player whose second 10-day contract will expire. Head coach Doc Rivers told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (Twitter link) that, in the interest of continuity, Shavlik Randolph will be re-signed to a rest-of-season deal.
After not playing during his first 10 days with the club, Randolph has appeared in three contests during his second 10-day deal. His best performance came last Saturday in a 105-88 win over the Bobcats, as he piled up six points, eight rebounds, a pair of steals in just over 15 minutes of action. Prior to making his NBA return with Boston, the big man appeared in 28 games for the Foshan Long Lions in China, averaging 32.0 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 36.5 minutes per contest while shooting 53.1% from the floor.
Once they formally announce their rest-of-season deals with White and Randolph, the Celtics will have 15 players under guaranteed contracts. So if the team wanted to add another player before season's end, a corresponding roster move would be necessary to open up a spot.
Following blowout losses in Golden State and Denver, the Knicks' current five-game road trip managed to get even worse when Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler left last night's game against the Nuggets with knee injuries. While Chandler downplayed the severity of his left knee contusion and could play tonight, Anthony will head back to New York to get his troublesome right knee drained. Here's more out of the Atlantic Division:
The Celtics announced that they have signed Shavlik Randolph to a second ten-day contract. Boston first inked Randolph the former Duke standout to a ten-day deal on March 1st.
Randolph, a 6’10” forward, has yet to appear in a game for the Celtics since joining the club. Prior to making his NBA return, he appeared in 28 games for the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association and averaged 32.0 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 36.5 minutes per contest while shooting 53.1% from the floor.
Prior to this stint with the C's, Randolph's last NBA action came in 2009/10 when he appeared in three games each for the Heat and Trail Blazers. The forward is still looking to see his first action in green and white and it could come tomorrow night if things get lopsided against the struggling Bobcats.
10:11am: White tells Blakely he signed a second 10-day contract with the Celtics this morning. Randolph said he hasn't re-upped yet, but is optimistic about his chances (Twitter links).
10:04am: D.J. White's 10-day contract with the Celtics expired last night, and Shavlik Randolph's is over after tonight, but the team is expected to announce soon that they're re-signing both of them, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Boston brought the big men aboard along with guard Terrence Williams shortly after the trade deadline to bolster an injury-depleted roster.
White and Randolph have occupied the final two spots on Boston's 15-man roster. It's not clear whether White and Shavlik will be signed through the rest of the season or receive a second set of 10-day deals. After his first 10-day contract with the Celtics expired, Williams received a deal that runs through the season and includes a non-guaranteed second year in 2013/14.
Neither White nor Randolph has seen much time on the floor for Boston. White has appeared in just one game so far, totaling four minutes, while Randolph has yet to see game action. Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com wrote yesterday that "all indications" were that White would be back with the team, since he accompanied them on their flight to Oklahoma City for today's game. Randolph is with the team as well, as Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe noted, though he'd be eligible to play against the Thunder either way, since his contract runs a day longer than White's.
10:39am: The Celtics have officially announced the signing in a press release.
8:47am: Shavlik Randolph has received his letter of clearance from China and has signed a 10-day contract with the Celtics, agent Joel Bell tells Shams Charania of RealGM.com. According to Charania, Randolph is participating in the Celtics' morning shootaround today, so it sounds as if the team will announce the signing later today, making Randolph eligible for tonight's game against the Warriors.
Randolph, 29, has been out of the NBA since the 2009/10 season, when he briefly appeared in three games each with the Heat and Trail Blazers. However, as Ryan Raroque of Hoops Rumors noted last night, the former Duke Blue Devil had a tremendous season in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012/13, averaging 32.0 PPG and 14.6 RPG in 28 games for the Foshan Long Lions.
The Celtics now have a full roster of 15 players, though three of those 15 are currently on 10-day contracts, as our 10-day tracker shows. Terrence Williams' deal is set to expire after tonight's game, while D.J. White and Randolph are locked up until next weekend. All three players landed in Boston after spending the season with Chinese clubs.
Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge first reported yesterday (via Twitter) that Randolph was seeking his letter of clearance from China and was close to signing with an NBA team.