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R.J. Hunter signs 2-way contract with Celtics

The Boston Celtics are reuniting with former first-round pick R.J. Hunter after signing the shooting guard to a two-way contract.

R.J. Hunter was taken with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. He only played in 36 games during his rookie season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebound.

Boston parted ways with Hunter after the season, and the 25-year-old shooting guard made subsequent stops with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. Unfortunately, Hunter only played a combined eight NBA games in the past two seasons.

Hunter came into the league with the reputation as a knockdown 3-point shooter in college. He has failed to live up to that billing as a professional and his 28.2 3-point shooting percentage is evidence.

Don’t expect Hunter to see much time on the Celtics this year. His two-way contract stipulates that he can only spend no more than 45 days on the NBA roster. Hunter will spend far more time with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ G-League affiliate.

If nothing else, this contract provides another opportunity for the Celtics to develop Hunter into a serviceable player. They failed to do so during his first stint in Boston, but they’ll have a second chance at success.

Although Hunter has failed to find much success at the NBA level, he has found considerable success in the G League. Hunter has career averages of 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game in the G League.