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.