Shavlik Randolph‘s non-guaranteed deal will be picked up by the Phoenix Suns for the 2014-15 season, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania, putting the roster total at 13 guaranteed contracts. That’s not including Eric Bledsoe‘s, who is still far apart with the Suns in contract negotiations, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Sources: Suns offered Eric Bledsoe 4-year, $48 million contract. Bledsoe wants max of 5 years, $80 million. Sides far apart
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 17, 2014
The Suns would hit the regular season roster limit of 15 players if they bring back Dionte Christmas and re-sign Bledsoe. Christmas also has a non-guaranteed deal.
Randolph appeared in only 14 games for Phoenix in 2013-14 as a midseason signing, and averaged 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game. He will provide depth, rebounding and savvy defensive instincts for a frontcourt that, as is, will be relying more heavily on Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris. With Anthony Tolliver joining the Morris twins to eat up minutes at the power forward slot, Randolph will be a much-needed asset behind Plumlee and the currently injured Alex Len.
If this is what the roster looks like come opening night, the Suns will likely have to play with a small-ball frontline of a second unit. At times, that could again place Markieff at the center spot, though that will obviously be more difficult considering he is projected to become the starting small forward. Randolph will be used occasionally against bigger lineups.
Randolph will be paid $1,227,985 this season.