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Wednesday morning the Celtics officially signed power forward D. J. White to a multi-year contract. White was first signed to a 10-day contract on February 28, and again on March 10. According to NBA rules, a team can only sign any given player to two such deals, and then has the option to re-sign him for the remainder of the season.
The Celtics have gone beyond that by giving White multiple years. Although the exact terms of the contract have not been disclosed, it is assumed that the second year of White’s contract is only partially guaranteed, giving the Celtics an out should White struggle in training camp next fall.
White has played in four games since joining the Celtics after a stint in China, and has averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in just 6.8 minutes per game. He played 16 minutes in the March 12 loss at Charlotte, and had a season-high 6 points in Saturday’s win over Charlotte.
Also expected to re-sign is fellow big man Shavlik Randolph, who traveled with the team to New Orleans ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup with the Hornets, the same day that his second 10-day expires. According to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, head coach Doc Rivers himself said that Randolph will be extended until the end of the season.
Randolph, who also started the season in China, seems to have leapfrogged White in the rotation, averaging 12 minutes per game while scoring 3.3 points and pulling down 4.3 boards. He had 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals on Saturday.
Neither White nor Randolph got off the bench in Monday’s loss to Miami. While they are unlikely to become key contributors for Boston, they could see their playing time increase towards the end of the regular season if the Celtics continue their recent success and are able to secure a playoff spot soon.