The deed is done.
According to ESPN Insider, Jeff Goodman, the Celtics have informed Shavlik Randolph that they will not be picking up his team option for the 2013-14 season.
Although I'm surprised it took until nearly 6:00 this evening, Boston's waiving of Randolph shouldn't come as a shock.
Had the Celtics picked up the big man's $1.1 million option they would have been responsible for 16 guaranteed contracts which is one more than the league allows for. If that was the case then Danny Ainge would have needed to put together a trade that would have either taken back less than the amount of players sent out or none at all.
Randolph was originally brought on late last season as a last-ditch effort to acquire some help on the glass but he proved to be a little more than just a rebounder. In 16 games with the green and white the former Duke Blue Devil averaged 12.2 points, 12.7 rebounds (5.1 offensive), 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes.
Based on those numbers alone, one has to believe that Randolph could have thrived in an increased role during the 2013-14 campaign.
There is no doubt in my mind that Shavlik Randolph is good enough to play effective minutes for an NBA club. However, he was the victim of a sticky situation in Boston and, as a result, he'll have to look for work elsewhere.
If there's anything positive that we can take away from this it's that the Celtics get to wipe their hands clean of his potential salary all while taking no hit to the cap. With Randolph gone, Ainge has gotten his team within approximately $822,058. Besides rebuilding the team, one of the organization's biggest goals is to get themselves under the tax. Ainge and Co. have no desire to pay tax on a team that doesn't have a realistic shot at contending in the playoffs. But can you blame him?
Helpful, yet unfortunate, move by the Celtics.
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