The Celtics have waived Shavlik Randolph, the team announced on Thursday via official release. Had they not done so, his salary of $1,106,942 would have become fully guaranteed for next season.
Boston now has 15 players with guaranteed contracts on the books, which is the maximum a team is allowed to carry during the regular season. Second round draft pick Colton Iverson remains unsigned for now, and at this point, the team would have to create a spot to add him.
Randolph was a late-season addition to the Celtics, but managed to make an impact in his brief time with the team. Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston dug up some fairly impressive numbers:
Over 16 regular-season appearances, Randolph averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds over 12.4 minutes. He grabbed 26.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds during his time on the floor and 22.4 percent of all caroms overall, which were the best numbers on the team, albeit in a small sample size of 198 minutes.
Randolph was on NBA rosters for five total seasons with the Sixers, Blazers, and Heat, and played the last two-plus seasons overseas before getting the call to join the Celtics in March.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.
Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:
Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.
The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.
Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.
At least they’re having fun with it.
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.
Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.
As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”
Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.