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After signing shooting guard Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract on February 20th, the Boston Celtics have once again turned to the Chinese Basketball Association for short-term help, signing power forwards D. J. White and Shavlik Randolph to twin 10-day contracts. The Celtics also extended Williams until the end of this season, and possibly next.
The 26-year-old White played his college ball at Indiana and was the Big Ten player of the year and a second-team All-American in 2008, his senior season. He was a late-first-round pick by the Detroit Pistons before being traded to Oklahoma City. He missed much of his rookie year after having a benign growth removed from his jaw, and ended up playing just 42 games over two and a half seasons with the Thunder.
At the 2011 trade deadline White was sent to Charlotte in exchange for Nazr Mohammed, and there finally became a regular rotation player. Last year he averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Bobcats, and started 11 games. As a free agent this offseason, White signed with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks, and averaged a near double-double with 21.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
Randolph, 29, the grandson of ’50s college star Ronnie Shavlik, went undrafted out of Duke in 2005 but earned a spot on the 76ers’ roster. He played in 56 games his rookie year and started six the next before a serious ankle injury threatened to end his career in December 2006. After recovering, he played sparingly for Portland and Miami, but hasn’t played in the NBA since 2009-10. He spent time in Puerto Rico before joining the CBA’s Foshan Dralions, where he contributed an astounding 32 points, 14.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.4 assists and 1 block per game.
Both White and Randolph were active for Friday’s 94-86 win over the Warriors, but did not play.
Williams, for his part, will remain with the Celtics at least until the end of this season, according to numerous outlets. The team could have chosen to sign him to another 10-day contract, but instead extended him with a deal that includes a conditional option for 2013-14. Williams played in three of Boston’s five games on their West Coast road trip, and took the floor briefly again Friday. In his four games so far, he’s averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists, including a 9-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist effort in the February 22nd win at Phoenix.
With these moves, the Celtics roster is at 15 players for the first time in months. While Williams has already earned praise from coaches and teammates, he’s barely gotten off the bench in the last two games, so all three recent additions will probably continue to be at the bottom of the rotation as long as the regulars can stay healthy.