76ers re-sign forward Randolph

Updated: July 12, 2006, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers signed Shavlik Randolph and Willie Green to contract extensions Wednesday and are close to completing a sign-and-trade deal involving guard John Salmons.

Green signed a little less than a year after he sustained a knee injury that prompted the team to withdraw a lucrative extension offer. The 6-foot-2 guard had surgery in August and returned to the team late last season, averaging 7 points and 15.3 minutes per game in 10 games.

A news conference with Green was scheduled for Thursday following a workout by the Sixers' summer league team.

Randolph, who went undrafted following a three-year career at Duke, re-signed after a surprising rookie season in which he provided a needed spark off the bench for the Sixers.

"It's a no-brainer for me," Randolph said. "I hope I'm a part of this organization for a long time."

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Randolph averaged 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game in 57 games.

General Manager Billy King said he was pleased to reward Randolph's contribution last year.

"He gives us athletic ability at the four spot -- rebounding, high energy. It's good to have him," King said. "Last year he wasn't sure, but now he knows he's a part of us."

"Last year, I was here and I was playing for my life and I was really hungry," Randolph said. "I'm going to try to continue to build on that."

King said the 76ers are ready to deal Salmons but not until he chooses a city.

"We're waiting for Johnny to make a decision," said King. "We're looking to do a sign-and-trade and he's trying to make a decision on where, what team, he's going to go to, and we'll end up getting a pick back."

Salmons averaged a career-best 7.5 points and added 2.1 rebounds last season and appeared in all 82 games but was the team's fifth-leading scorer behind Iverson, Webber, Andre Igoudala and Kyle Korver.

The addition of athletic rookie Rodney Carney in a draft night trade also helped make Salmons expendable. Carney set a school record at Memphis with 287 career 3-pointers and is an excellent defender who can finish on the break.

"I think Johnny is someone who will have a good career in this league," King said. "There were times he played well and maybe it's just a change of scenery (that he needs)."

Randolph will participate in the Sixers' Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League starting Friday in Salt Lake City.

Also, the team released guard Devin Smith and forward Jon Smith on Wednesday. Those moves, along with an injury sustained by former Philadelphia University guard Tayron Thomas on Monday, bring the Sixers' summer league roster to 12 players.


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