Shavlik Randolph thought he may get an NBA offer this season after teams had gone through buyouts. He received a call earlier than expected.

The Celtics signed Randolph to a 10-day contract on Friday after the power forward had been posting impressive numbers this season for the Foshan Long Lions (Chinese Basketball Association). Randolph, 29, averaged 32.0 points, 14.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocks in 36.5 minutes per game.

He understands his role will be lesser on the Celtics, but he is happy to be back in the league.

"I don't think [Doc Rivers] needs to tell me," he said prior to the Celtics game against the Golden State Warriors. "If I go in there to hustle, try to rebound, try to play defense, take charges, not get fined for flopping [laughs], that's kind of always been my role on any team I've been with. If I'm open, make open jump shots. I kind of know that's what my role is going to be."

When jokingly asked if he came to Boston to replace Garnett, Randolph responded with a sense of humor.

"Well yeah, that was the rumor," he said. "I told them I can't give them 20 and 10 right now. Let me game legs, I'm still kind of jet lagged. I told him to let Kevin play tonight."