Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston has reported that the Celtics have made their final decision on which other big to sign: The answer is Shavlik.
I was expecting that we'd take a shot at a taller prospect like Jerome Jordan, yet we have apparently decided to bring in a 6'10'' guy. I have previously stated this about him based on scout reports and career stats: "Shavlik Randolph is 29 and 6-10, and to my surprise he has NBA experience: He's played for the 76ers, the Heat and the Trail Blazers. He's like Amundson: Great rebounder but a turnover machine. He's a decent passer, and has some post moves." Forsberg provides some more insight:
Randolph spent the start of this season with the Foshan Long Lions and will be the third player signed out of the Chinese Basketball League by the Celtics in the past 10 days. He's also played internationally in Puerto Rico. (...) Randolph averaged 32 points and 14.6 rebounds over 36.5 minutes in 28 appearances for Foshan.
In limited NBA reps, Randolph has posted solid rebounding percentages, including an offensive rebound rate of 15.1 percent. The Celtics need rebounding help and Randolph, if healthy, could aid them on the glass.
Here's another piece of interesting informaton: Randolph was waived by the Washington Wizards at the beginning of this season. You know, the same team that got Jason Collins from us a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't sound, um, promising. But hey, since the buyout market has been awfully silent so far, we didn't have many options. If this 10-day stint goes well, great. If not, we'll take a look at another journeyman I presume.
What's the best part about this signing? "You've got Shavlik'd!" sounds like a great line of trash talk. I hope to use that at least in one recap, especially closer to the end of regular season where the starters take extended rests should we sign him to a longer contract.