HoopsHype Shavlik Randolph rumors


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Free agent center Shavlik Randolph has signed with the Phoenix Suns for the rest of the season, with a team option for 2014-15, his agent, Joel Bell, told RealGM. Randolph had been with Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association this season, averaging 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds on one of the league’s elite clubs. RealGM

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Randolph may not want to click his sneakers together three times, but he knows there’s no place like the NBA. And he hopes it’s not a dream that he’s getting regular praise from people like Kevin Garnett and that coach Doc Rivers likes him enough to joke about the whacks to the face he’s taking as he mixes it up inside. “I got hit so hard in the Memphis Grizzlies game a few weeks ago, and since then every time it gets hit it starts bleeding,” Randolph said. “I feel like Rocky Balboa or something.” Boston Herald

March 31, 2013 Updates

Granted, it’s a small sample size, and that figure doesn’t mean Randolph would grab 21 rebounds in 48 minutes, but that figure does show how Randolph is rebounding at a rapid pace. “He earned every bit of that money he’s been getting,” guard Jason Terry said after Randolph grabbed a career-high-tying 13 rebounds in about 22 minutes in a 118-107 win over Atlanta Friday. Added Avery Bradley, “He’s player of the game to me. He played great tonight. I have a lot of respect for him. He plays so hard. And it’s hard to learn our system so fast, and I felt like he did a great job.” Moreover, Randolph, whom the Celtics recently signed for the remainder of the season, has emerged as the possible solution in the middle while Garnett is out resting a sore ankle. Boston Globe

Did Randolph think he’d have this kind of NBA production when he was playing in China, hoping for a return shot to the league? “To be honest, I really didn’t think about it,” Randolph said. “Basketball is basketball. I was trying to be the best player I could be, whether that’s playing in China, whether that’s playing in Puerto Rico, or whether that’s in the NBA. “And I was just, every day, working on my game. It’s the same approach I’ve had since I was 14 years old. And I feel that I’ve shown that if I can string together a few years without having some kind of career-threatening, career-altering injury, that I can be an efficient player on any level. “I’ve been able to develop for a couple seasons, I’ve gotten better, and I’m here.” Boston Globe

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