The Boston Celtics signed Shavlik Randolph today to a ten day contract and he becomes the third guy they have signed from China in the last two weeks. The team signed Terrence Williams and D.J. White to ten day contracts previously. Randolph brings the team additional size at the forward and center positions and will probably battle with White to climb the current front court depth chart.
Randolph was one of the most hyped recruits coming out of high school years ago and he ultimately chose to sign with the Duke Blue Devils. He has played on three teams in his NBA career and his most notable performances were during his rookie year in 2005 for the Philadelphia 76ers when he played in 57 games. Since then, he has bounced around and has only played in a small handful of games. Celtics GM Danny Ainge has always been impressed with Randolph and it isn’t surprising the team signed him to fill their final open roster spot. As is the case with ten day contracts, the team has a little over a week to determine if they want to ultimately sign the player for the rest of the season. It would appear that the only way the Celtics wouldn’t retain one of these three guys is if someone better and younger becomes available, such as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi, who reportedly could be bought out by the organization any day now.
The Celtics are simply signing extra bodies to fill out the rest of their roster. None of the three guys should make much of an impact, but with the wrath of injuries the Celtics have faced this season, they just need bodies more than anything at this point.