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Shavlik Randolph
Shavlik Randolph
Position: F-C
Born: 11/24/83
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
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They made a waiver claim Tuesday on veteran forward Shavlik Randolph, and have been awarded his rights by the NBA. Randolph, however, is not expected to play for the Nuggets. Picking up a player with his salary ($1.227 million) gets the Nuggets much closer to the NBA’s salary-cap floor, which is the minimum salary teams are required to have on their books at season’s end. The salary-cap floor is $56.759 million. The Nuggets, with Randolph’s salary included, come within roughly $600,000 of the salary-cap floor. Randolph, 31, is expected to be released by the Nuggets. If he clears waivers, then the Nuggets have the benefit of keeping the cap hit — and thus their current proximity to the salary floor — while still having a roster spot with which to sign a prospective player, if they choose to do that. In that scenario, the Nuggets could take the prorated salary they would have paid to Randolph for the final week of the season and apply that to whomever they acquire for the remainder of the regular season, which is down to four games. Then, they would have that player on their roster for the summer and into training camp in order to get a good look at him.
Randolph and the Celtics parted ways for a second time on good terms, he said. “I said, ‘I don’t know who I’ll be with next season or whatever is going to go on, but I want you guys to know I would welcome any opportunity to come back here if it presented itself,’” Randolph recounted. “They told me the feeling was the same, I was always welcome back here, and that was something we could explore down the road.”

Shavlik Randolph wanted guaranteed deal with Boston

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On Monday, the Celtics waived Randolph and subsequently signed Chris Babb to a multi-year contract. That afternoon the team discussed the situation with Randolph, who had an expiring contract, and he expressed he would not want to sign a non-guaranteed deal for the upcoming season. Randolph would like to keep his options open, including the possibility of returning overseas to China with the intention of returning to the NBA in February, as he has done in the past. “As much as I would have loved to finish the season and playoff run with this team, I just wasn’t willing to commit to a non-guaranteed deal for next season,” Randolph told Basketball Insiders. “So they had to do what was best for them, which I completely understand.”
If McGee had signed, the Celts, with their roster at the 15-man maximum, would have had to make a move. Most likely, the club would have released Shavlik Randolph, who was actually asked to come to the team’s facility for a meeting that day. It’s not known whether that talk was related to the McGee situation, but it’s probably fair to assume that, in that the meeting was canceled when the deal fell through.
Shavlik Randolph received his salary guarantee from the Suns in July. On Saturday, Randolph likely received his opening night roster guarantee. The Suns waived center Earl Barron, a non-guaranteed training camp invitee who lasted the entire preseason in pushing Randolph for a spot. The Suns were carrying 16 players on the preseason roster, requiring one cut before Monday’s regular-season roster deadline.
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This is what has given Earl Barron a chance to make the regular-season roster despite the Suns already having 15 guaranteed contracts. After getting 13 rebounds in 24 minutes at Houston, Barron has been the preseason’s top Suns rebounder. The 33-year-old journeyman, who started six games for Phoenix in 2010 while Robin Lopez was hurt, has a reliable mid-range shot, too. He could be competing for a 15-man roster spot with Shavlik Randolph, who has a guaranteed $1.23 million salary.