NEW ORLEANS – The Boston Celtics' decision to keep D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph was both a means of addressing the present and the foreseeable future.
Each will be with the Celtics for the remainder of this season, and potentially beyond with their respective deals each including a team option for the 2013-2014 season.
"You can kind of relax in a sense as far as, I'll know where I'll be for the next couple of months," White said. "That's the good thing about it."
Indeed, the deal each agreed to works well for both sides.
The players have the security that comes with knowing they won't be cut loose anytime soon, while still having to prove themselves in practice and in those rare opportunities when they get a chance to see action.
White has appeared in four games for the Celtics, and has averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Randolph has come off the bench in three games, averaging 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
For Boston, signing White and Randolph provides some much-needed frontcourt depth this season after the Celtics failed to replace Darko Milicic who left the team to be with his ill mother and was later waived, rookie sensation Jared Sullinger who underwent season-ending back surgery last month and Jason Collins who was included in the trade last month with Washington that netted the C's Jordan Crawford.
Randolph has yet to sign his new contract for the remainder of this season, but Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters earlier today that Randolph would be re-signed for the remainder of this season.
"My focus is to just stay ready," Randolph told CSNNE.com. "If whenever I play, go in and help the team win, I should have nothing to worry about."