Boston declining qualifying offer to P.J. Dozier
The Boston Celtics are declining to extend a qualifying offer to PJ Dozier, who’ll become an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 29, 2019
Dozier has played just a total of eight games in the NBA and has spent the vast majority of his professional career in the G-League.
The 6-foot-6 guard out of South Carolina went undrafted in the 2017 draft, but later signed with the Los Angeles Lakers summer league squad. He, then, signed a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, Dozier never really got to see NBA action in his rookie season, playing just two games. He played 43 games for the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G-League affiliate. In those 43 games, Dozier averaged 13.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, Dozier signed another two-way deal, this time, with the Celtics. However, as he did in his first year, Dozier played mostly in the development ranks with the Maine Red Claws. He played just six games with the Celtics.
Dozier showed flashes of what he can do in the NBA and averaged 21.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.2 steals while shooting 45.6 percent from the field.
So far, Dozier has not had the ideal road to the NBA. In fact, he’s barely made it. However, this move by the Celtics doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the road for him.
Dozier showed plenty of upside in the G-League to becoming a two-way player in the NBA. He will have to work extra harder if another team decides to take a chance on him next season.