Celtics news: Boston agrees to two-way deal with Jabari Bird
Training camp is just over a month away, with teams making final additions to their roster ahead of the next step of the offseason.
In light of that, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-way deal with 2017 second-round pick Jabari Bird.
The #Celtics have agreed to a two-way deal with second-round pick Jabari Bird.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) August 11, 2017
Bird had an encouraging showing at the Las Vegas Summer League last month where he averaged 10.0 points on 61.1 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in five games played. He excelled in a larger offensive role with both Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum out of the lineup for the final two games of the Summer League.
This contract allows for the Celtics to float him between either the main roster or G-League throughout the year with him being able to spend, at the most, 45 days in the NBA. The league instituted the used of the two-day way contract in the new CBA for the first time with teams being able to carry two extra players on their active roster at a time.
This provides Boston with the flexibility to utilize Bird when needed on the main roster, and also give him some experience playing in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how the Celtics use him next season given their roster already possessing a plethora of talent at the forward position.