Suns sign Shavlik Randolph, release Slava Kravtsov

PHOENIX — The Suns signed 6-foot-10 forward Shavlik Randolph and released little-used center Slava Kravtsov Saturday morning. Randolph was recently playing overseas in China where he was averaging 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds a game in six appearances. He just returned from China when he found out about the news.

“I just got back and was just working out in Miami when my agent called me, and I ended up meeting with Ryan (McDonough) in Raleigh,” Randolph said. “They wanted to bring me in and work me out, one thing led to another and I ended up staying.”

Randolph’s agent told RealGM’s Shams Charania that Randolph’s contract for the rest of the year includes a team option for next season.

Randolph, a 30-year-old 6-foot-10 forward, spent last season in Boston with current Suns general manager Ryan McDonough. The big man shot 58.3 percent in 16 contests while averaging a little over 12 minutes per game for the Celtics.

“We are always looking to upgrade the team whenever we can,” McDonough said. “We had him last year in Boston at the end of the year and played very well for us down the stretch.

“He can help us with his ability to rebound the ball, his ability to make plays down low in the post and he is a high charcter guy that fits in the locker room.”

Randolph played college basketball at Duke and went undrafted in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers and made 57 appearances his rookie season, but only averaged 2.3 points per game. He lasted with the Sixers for three seasons before bouncing around the NBA between Portland, Miami and Boston, then ending up in China this season.

The forward is expected to be in uniform for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

“Just like I have done wherever I have been, I just try to bring hustle, energy, try to bring hard-nosed defense and rebound the ball,” Randolph said

Kravstov, who was dealt from Detroit to Milwaukee and then to Phoenix, was part of the package that allowed the Suns to acquire point guard Ish Smith and ship Caron Butler to the Bucks. His rawness offensively and foul-prone physicality kept him out of the Suns rotation for all but 20 games, where in spot minutes he averaged a point and 0.9 rebounds per game.

Tags: Phoenix Suns Shavlik Randolph Slava Kravtsov

  • bill_thomas

    Let’s rebuild for 5-6 years from the ground up. Yeah! We know who said that, and we know who is going to practically go out of business on that.

    And never win anything !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bill_thomas

    Shavlik Randolph is 6’8″. Just the facts. ma’m.

  • bill_thomas

    We should do a WWF thing with Shavlick Randolph and Greg Oden.The takings from that would offset all the empty seats. Yeah !!!!!!!

  • bill_thomas

    Maybe 6’7″. Unmeasurable since he was not invited to the Combine. I wonder what is the favorite type of McDonough’s cigar.

    I am from very close to McDonough’s country, so I am very close in my thinking.

  • bill_thomas

    Oh yeah Shavlik 6’6″ but a good leaper. Finals here we come !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HankS

    Actually, the ESPN lists him as 6′ 10″, 236 lbs. Since McDonough said he expects him to play mostly at center for the Suns, I seriously doubt he’s 6’ 6?. McDonough is no idiot.

    As for the Philly guys, I’m not sure how Hawes would fit with the current Suns’ team, Young costs a bit too much and Turner IMHO wouldn’t be much upgrade over the Tucker/Marcus combo.