Woj: Celtics sign wing Brodric Thomas to final open two way slot

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will join Sam Hauser on the Maine Celtics and filling in with the parent club when possible.

The Boston Celtics have signed shooting guard Brodric Thomas to a two way contract according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Thomas, a 6-foot-5 wing who went undrafted in 2020, played his college ball with the Truman State Bulldogs, a Division II team.

He inked a deal with the Houston Rockets, making a two way slot with that team, and has since had stints in the G League and most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a two way player. He most recently averaged 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and just under an assist per game over 13.4 minutes per game, and at 24, is still young enough to refine his game into a potential rotation player.

He will fill the Celtics final remaining open two way slot while joining forward Sam Hauser with the Maine Red Claws this season where he will likely spend most of his time.

The Celtics now stand at 16 players counting both two way contracts, with one remaining regular roster slot open after waiving Jabari Parker.

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum becoming increasingly comfortable as a leader

Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum dove a bit deeper into his leadership style with reporters on Sunday.

The Boston Celtics have not yet named a captain for this season, head coach Ime Udoka told reporters Sunday. Udoka said that it is more likely to be a leader-by-committee-type situation.

“I think it is by committee, we haven’t named any captains yet but the guys that have been here, we want them all to lead by example as well as be vocal and grow in that area,” Udoka said. “So, I talked about that with Jaylen [Brown] and Jayson [Tatum] before taking another step in their progression as players who have been here and some of the main guys on the team to be more vocal.”

Udoka highlighted Al Horford and Marcus Smart for their leadership as well. He also said he wants to help the younger guys improve in that area too.

Tatum outlined his personal style as a bit more lead-by-example-type, which he has said in the past. Tatum said he is not incredibly animated in front of the camera, but behind the scenes speaks up when necessary.

“I show up to work every day. I put in extra work every day. And earn my teammates trust and respect and my coaches by showing up in and buying in every day,” Tatum said. “I speak up in the huddles, and the meetings, I pull guys to the side and I make sure that I’m held accountable. Anybody from the head coach to two-way guys, if they see something that I should be doing that they can come up and talk to me, and vice versa.”

Tatum said he leads in his own way and he’s gotten more comfortable in a leadership role over time. At just 23-years-old, Tatum has heaps of time to continue to develop as a leader.

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Celtics reportedly waive Jabari Parker; could a big be on their list of targets?

The Duke product’s tenure in Boston has come to an end, but what does the front office have in mind for his roster spot?

The Boston Celtics are reportedly waiving for No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker according to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. Parker, whose current contract would have had the Celtics guarantee a significant part of his $2.7 million contract if he were still with the team once the 2021-22 NBA regular season kicks off for Boston on Oct. 20, had seemed to be trending in the right direction to stick with the team.

It seems the Celtics have other plans in mind, however, with Boston electing to save money on their tax bill instead by waiving Parker, putting themselves in a position to sign or absorb another player by keeping their 15th regular-season roster spot open.

Whether the Celtics have a specific target in mind after a number of players have shaken free from other teams finalizing their own 2021-22 rosters or the team simply values flexibility moving forward, one thing is certain — the Jabari Parker era has come to an end with the team, for better or worse.

Celtics Blog’s Keith Smith relates that ‘there has been some buzz’ about adding another big to the roster given some recent concerns regarding the availability of both Robert Williams III and Al Horford, but at present nothing concrete seems to be in the pipeline.

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Report: Celtics waive Theo Pinson, Garrison Mathews, and Chris Clemons: two way slot remains unfilled

Boston has left its last two way slot open – could they have a target in mind?

The Boston Celtics are nearing what their 2021-22 NBA regular season roster will look like after The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reports that the Celtics are waiving guards Theo Pinson, Garrison Mathews, and Chris Clemons.

Per Weiss, Mathews — whose cutting is something of a surprise given the team’s need for shooting and his two way eligibility — will become a free agent, while Pinson and Clemons will join the (Portland) Maine Celtics, Boston’s developmental affiliate in the G League, as affiliate players. Luke Kornet, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Juwan Morgan will join them in that role with the Maine Celtics according to The Athletic NBA insider.

Jabari Parker and Bruno Fernando will reportedly remain with the team for the time being.

Timelord just ‘a little sore,’ Celtics ‘took the safe approach’ with Williams, per coach Ime Udoka

There’s good reason to take care with Williams’ health.

Fans of the Boston Celtics who have been following Robert Williams III‘s career are very aware of the incentives in his new contract extension designed to mitigate the potential absence of the Texas A&M product due to injury, with Timelord having had a tough time staying on the floor until last season, itself cut short by the pandemic.

So when they hear that Williams will sit out a game due to tendinitis in his knee as he did for the Celtics’ preseason finale against the Miami Heat on Friday night, it’s fair for them to be more than a little concerned.

After the game however, head coach Ime Udoka downplayed the seriousness of the scratch when asked if he thought it might be a recurring issue.

Celtics reportedly waive Ryan Arcidiacono, Juwan Morgan; sign Chris Clemons to exhibit-10 deal

The team inches closer to its 2021-22 regular-season roster.

The Boston Celtics are waiving camp invitees Ryan Arcidiacono and Juwan Morgan according to The Athletic’s Jay King. It seems probable that Morgan will end up with the Maine Red Claws as an affiliate player, while Arcidiacono’s future is less clear given he has no two way eligibility remaining.

The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported Thursday evening that point guard Chris Clemons was signed by the team to an exhibit-10 deal, which is usually done to retain affiliate rights to a player in the G League (Tacko Fall is a rare example of such a player making the team as a two way player from such a deal) as the team inches closer to finalizing its 2021-22 regular-season roster.

Clemons had seen his previous two way deal with the Houston Rockets converted to a full NBA contract in 2019-20 before tearing his Achilles tendon.

The team now stands at 19 regular, two way or camp deals, and will need to slim down by two more players to make it to the regular-season limit of 17 total players counting two way players.

It seems likely that Boston will at least consider one of Theo Pinson and Garrison Mathews for its remaining two way slot, with veteran forward Jabari Parker’s prospects looking brighter after having survived this round of cuts.

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Ime Udoka confirms Payton Pritchard’s broken nose; expects him back for season opener – with a mask

The Oregon product will channel his inner Rip Hamilton for a time.

At some point in most of our lives, we’ve been hit in the nose hard enough to realize that it is not among the better places to receive the brunt of any kind of significant impact, and certainly not a human extremely moving with purpose and speed.

But that is exactly what happened to Boston Celtics second-year guard Payton Pritchard near the end of the first half against the Orlando Magic in Wednesday’s penultimate preseason exhibition game, with Magic forward Iggy Brazdeikas clipping the Oregon product with visible force, forcing Pritchard’s exit from the game and eventually the remainder of Boston’s preseason slate.

Sent home to Boston to be evaluated, the West Linn native will not be available for Friday’s preseason contest against the Miami Heat, but head coach Ime Udoka did give an update as to the state of Pritchard’s nose while speaking to the press ahead of the game.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat: Preseason lineups, injury reports and broadcast info (10/15)

Everything you need to know for Boston’s final preseason game of the 2021-22 NBA season.

The Boston Celtics face the Miami Heat on the road Friday, Oct. 15 for their final game of their slate of four preseason exhibition contests down a number of key players despite a desire to treat this final friendly as a legitimate warmup for the regular season.

If you’re here because you want to find a way to watch the action live on cable television or an online streaming service, keep reading while we get you up to speed. The game may prove yet to be a competitive one given the strength we have seen from the Celtics bench, but don’t expect Boston to push their hardest given they are already dinged up ahead of Oct. 20th’s season opener against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Let’s take a look at who won’t be suiting up.

Second-year Celtics forward Aaron Nesmith thrives in increased role while starters out

Boston Celtics wing Aaron Nesmith showed out when given the opportunity to start Wednesday in a narrow defeat.

Aaron Nesmith started just one game in his entire rookie season, an eight-point, seven-rebound performance in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in May. He got the chance to start once again in the Boston Celtics’ preseason game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday night. He led the way in the narrow 103-102 loss, finishing with 23 points, four assists, and three rebounds on 8-for-16 shooting.

“Just reading the defense, being myself, and relying on the things that I worked on this summer,” Nesmith told reporters Wednesday postgame. “It was a different role I had to play… so just stepping up and playing that role to the best of my ability.”

The second-year wing said the game is starting to slow down for him and it’s started to get easier to read at this level.

 

“I was also just kind of letting the game come to me and taking what the defense was giving me, didn’t try to force anything,” Nesmith said. “But I definitely tried to be a little bit more aggressive with the lineup that was out there today.”

Head coach Ime Udoka notes that Nesmith was aggressive in summer league and has carried it over into preseason. “So proud of him, proud of the work he puts in,” Udoka said. “We see it every day and he took advantage of tonight and obviously played very confident and free. That’s what we want him to do with those guys sitting out.”

The Celtics were without most of their starting-caliber playing due to rest or health and safety protocols. They had begun the preseason 2-0 before taking the one-point loss Wednesday.

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Despite an unlucky hit vs. Orlando, Boston’s Payton Pritchard off to a good start in his second season

The Oregon product has been asked to do more this season, and hasn’t shirked from the challenge yet.

It might be a few games before we see second-year Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard on the court again, and when we do he might be a masked man.

After getting clipped in the face by Orlando Magic wing Iggy Brazdeikas, the Oregon product excited the game, and did not return for the second half of action in the Celtics’ third game of their 2021-22 preseason schedule. After the contest ended in a narrow loss for Boston with mostly camp invitees on the floor, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka revealed the extend of Payton’s facial impact.

“He’s going to get it evaluated here, (then) fly back to Boston (with a) likely broken nose.”