NBA news roundup: Celtics waive Shavlik Randolph, Delonte West would accept non-guaranteed deal

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The Celtics still have a full roster with 15 players under contract.

The Boston Celtics waived Shavlik Randolph on Thursday, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reported.

Randolph, who will be 30 in November, spent most of last season in China but joined the Celtics on a 10-day contract in March, at the end of which he inked a deal to stay in Boston through the 2013-14 season. If the Celtics had not cut him by Thursday's deadline, his $1.1 million contract for the upcoming season would have become fully guaranteed.

The former Duke player appeared in 16 games for Boston last season, averaging 4.2 points per game in 12.4 minutes.

According to Washburn, the Celtics did the move so 2013 draftee Colton Iverson could make the team, but with 15 players still under contract for next season, Boston will need to make another move to fit him in.

Delonte West healthy, would accept non-guaranteed deal to spur comeback

Free agent guard Delonte West didn't play in the NBA last season, but he's ready to give it another go, Washburn said Thursday.

West last played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 before being suspended twice in the 2012-13 preseason following arguments with teammates. He was then waived just before the regular season began. After spending much of the winter as a free agent, he played eight games for the Texas Legends of the D-League in March and April, averaging 10.3 points and 4.4 assists.

West, who turned 30 in July, had his best season in 2006-07 with the Boston Celtics. He averaged 12.2 points and 4.4 assists that season. He's also played for the Seattle SuperSonics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is as yet unconfirmed if J.J. Hickson ever got West's doughnuts.

Knicks in conversations with Jannero Pargo

The New York Knicks are in conversations with free agent guard Jannero Pargo, Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York reported Thursday.

Pargo, a 6'1 point guard who will be 34 in October, played a total of 32 games last season with the Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats. It wouldn't be much of a risk for the Knicks to make such a move; the team has three available roster spots. The five guards currently on the Knicks' roster are Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and 2013 first-round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr.

Pargo has averaged 6.5 points per game over his nine seasons in the NBA. He spent time in 2008-09 playing in Russia and Greece.

Brett Brown considered frontrunner for 76ers coaching job

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown is considered the frontrunner in the Philadelphia 76ers' drawn-out search for a head coach, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Doug Collins resigned immediately upon the completion of the 76ers' 34-48 season, and the search to replace him has been ongoing since. The search has been slow, which makes sense given the Sixers' situation: a brand-new general manager and a gutted roster with a to-be-determined identity moving forward.

The names most frequently attached to the 76ers' coaching search have been NBA assistant coaches. Dave Vanterpool of the Portland Trail Blazers, Jay Larranaga of the Boston Celtics and Adrian Griffin of the Chicago Bulls are among the names to surface.

Brown coached the Australian national team in the 2012 Olympics. The team made it out of group play but was knocked out in the quarterfinals by a 119-86 loss to the United States.

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