The Celtics officially announced the signing of power forward Shavlik Randolph earlier today, after the big man received his clearance letter from China. Here’s the team’s official release:
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed forward Shavlik Randolph to a 10-day contract.
Randolph, a 6’10” forward, appeared in 28 games for the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association this season averaging 32.0 points, 14.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 36.5 minutes per game while shooting 53.1% from the floor. Randolph is a veteran of five NBA seasons split between Philadelphia, Miami and Portland posting career averages of 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.2 minutes over 95 games.
Randolph will wear #42 and is expected to be available for tonight’s game against Golden State.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe caught up with Randolph after the team’s shootaround today in Waltham and Randolph shared some thoughts on joining the C’s.
“To be able to say I played for the Boston Celtics, whether it’s 10 days, one day, however long it’s something that I will carry for the rest of my life,” he told the Globe following the team’s shootaround.”
Randolph spoke on his game as well:
“I don’t think my game’s changed, I just think I’ve played a lot more,” he said. “My five years in the NBA, I didn’t play that much. I was a spot-minute guy. In the last year and half, since I was last with Miami, I’ve just played a lot, obviously it’s overseas but I’ve just played and that’s the best way to get better.”
Said president of basketball operations Danny Ainge: “We just think Shavlik knows how to play, plays hard, has experience and yet is still fresh enough and young enough. I’ve always liked the way Shavlik has played.”
We’ll have more on Randolph live from the TD Garden as CelticsHub will have (three!) reporters on the scene to give you the latest on the C’s additions and any other impending moves.
Additionally, with four NBA-ready big men now on the roster after Randolph’s signing, the C’s announced they will be sending center Fab Melo back down to the Maine Red Claws with his added depth no longer needed for the time being.