Boston Celtics Free Agency: Ainge discusses Shavlik Randolph, Terrence Williams, and Jordan Crawford
While it’s the fates of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers that have most Celtics fans concerned, Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald had a chance to speak with Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge about some of the less heralded players Friday.
Terrence Williams, D.J. White, and Shavlik Randolph all signed with the Celtics mid-season with non-guaranteed deals for next season. According to ShamSports.com, White and Randolph’s contracts (worth $1.1 million) become fully guaranteed on Aug. 1. Williams’ contract, meanwhile, is not fully guaranteed until Oct. 31, but he receives $200,000 if he’s still on the roster past June 30, and $300,000 if he’s still on the roster by Sept. 1. Via Bulpett:
“Shav helped us a lot,” said Ainge. “I think Shav is a good player. He’s a guy that will probably have the best chance of being with us in the future, just because he rebounds, and that was one of our weaknesses.
Since Randolph and White share similar skillsets, Ainge will most likely only keep only one of the two. Judging by Ainge’s comments, it would appear White is the odd man out. In his 16 appearances with the Celtics, Randolph averaged a whopping 12.7 rebounds per 36 minutes, a full 2 rebounds per 36 minutes better than Jared Sullinger (10.7) and way ahead of White (5.4).
Ainge also mentioned that he likes what Williams brings to the table because of his size. The Celtics prefer a point guard with size because two of their shooting guards–Avery Bradley and Jason Terry–are on the smaller side for the position and, at 6-foot-6, Williams is big enough to defend shooting guards while Bradley harasses the primary ball-handler.
Williams’ situation with the Celtics, however, is complicated by his recent arrest for brandishing a gun in front of his 10-year old son and the child’s mother. No charges have been officially filed yet, but the case remains open and will certainly play a part in Ainge’s decision to guarantee William’s contract or release him.
Finally, Ainge discussed the Celtics other mid-season acquisition, Jordan Crawford. Crawford’s $2.1 million contract is guaranteed for next season but, if you read between the lines, it’s quite clear Ainge wants Crawford out of Boston:
“Jordan did what we wanted to do, which was bring some firepower,” said Ainge. “I think it’s a little bit tough getting Jordan minutes that he’s really happy with when you put him with Jason Terry. I don’t think that combination is great. They’re both really good players, but in the playoffs that was not a combination that was working against New York. Not that that combination can’t play together, but it didn’t work well. But Jordan gave us what we hoped he would give us.”
The Celtics currently have 14 players under contract, with one draft pick, 16th overall, in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. It appears Ainge will keep one or two of the three players who signed non-guaranteed deals midway through last season and try to find a new home for Crawford.
He DID receive a vote for 6th Man of the Year. Any takers?