Boston Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph just finished up arguably his most successful season as an NBA player, but that isn’t saying much as he isn’t very good and really only had one season previously where he played in more than 20 games. Celtics GM Danny Ainge signed the journeyman during the season while he was playing in China. He was the third player this season that the Celtics signed from the Far East, including D.J. White and Terrence Williams. Randolph was used sparingly by head coach Doc Rivers, but he did have a nice stretch near the end of the season when the team decided to rest Kevin Garnett more often. The Celtics were at a point in their season where they were locked into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and it did no good to play Garnett for extended minutes.
Randolph showed the Celtics something during his brief tenure, and it makes sense to see if they can bring him back for the veteran’s minimum. His camp obviously wants to see if they can get a better deal from another organization, and they actually might have a shot at getting something better than what the Celtics would offer. Randolph is a pretty high energy player who showed he is capable of at least being mentioned in any possible big man rotation. There are obvious areas where improvement is needed, but he showed that he could at least do what Jason Collins did for the team earlier in the season, perhaps offering even more to the franchise.
Randolph had a decent first season for the Celtics based on the expectations the team and fans had for him before his arrival.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18