REPORT: Carsen Edwards gets guaranteed deal from Celtics
Carsen Edwards, who impressed for the Boston Celtics in the Summer League, officially signs a four-year guaranteed contract with the Beantown team.
Over $4.5 million in guaranteed salary over the course of the deal for Edwards, per source.
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Edwards was one of the more intriguing and polarizing players in a draft class full of both of those things. He established himself as a lethal scoring threat during his three years at Purdue University, averaging 24.3 points per game in his junior season.
The 21-year-old scoring guard put on a clinic during the NCAA Tournament, scoring at least 26 points in each of Purdue’s four games while pouring in 42 in an Elite Eight loss to eventual champions, the Virginia Cavaliers.
Despite his scoring prowess, however, Edwards had also garnered the reputation as a “chucker.” He averaged close to 20 field goal attempts per game and over 10 3-point attempts per contest, though he did connect on close to 36 percent of his threes.
His relative lack of size for a combo guard (6-foot-1 and 200 pounds) also made his stock a bit of a question mark heading into draft night.
But Edwards lit up Las Vegas during the Summer League, averaging 18 points per game and shooting better than 52 percent from the field (40 percent from deep).
Boston needs as many scorers and perimeter shooters as they can get, and Edwards satisfies both of those needs. He is excellent in pick-and-roll situations, and he could prove to be one of the steals of the draft should he provide much-needed buckets off the bench for a competitive Celtics team.