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Nuggets get more athletic, sign Anthony Randolph to deal

Roy Hibbert, Anthony Randolph

Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, blocks the shot of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Randolph in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 16, 2012. A jump ball was called on the play. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Anthony Randolph tempts you because he puts up a few points — 7.4 a game last season, more than 11 a game a couple stretches in his career — blocks some shots and gets you some boards. He has handles, he can run the floor. He’s got a good PER (17.6 last season) and you see even more potential for the guy who turns 23 next season.

We’ll see if George Karl can draw that out of him, because after wooing him on Tuesday then cutting Chris Andersen loose via amnesty, the Nuggets have signed him, according to the Denver Post.

Randolph with JaVale McGee in front of him will give the Nuggets about as athletic a front line as there is in the league. McGee has a five-year, $50 million deal from the Nuggets on the table but is looking for a bigger offer around the league.

With Karl as coach and the Nuggets up-tempo style of play, Randolph could have a big year. They need to keep him near the basket and away from long jumpers, get him running and finishing the break not hanging around outside. He doesn’t have the gifts of McGee but he has the potential to be a better player than he has shown to be. I like that fit.