The Boston Celtics have signed guard Walt Lemon Jr. to a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The move comes a day after the Celtics officially waived guard and 2017 second-round draft pick Kadeem Allen, and on the heels of the Celtics’ elimination from the Summer League playoffs following Sunday’s 95-80 loss to the Blazers.
What’s to know about Lemon Jr.?
A 6-foot-3 guard, Lemon Jr. appeared in five games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season. On two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans, the 25-year-old averaged 3.4 points and shot 43.8 from the field in seven minutes per night.
In between Pelican stints, Lemon Jr. spent his 2017-28 season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League, where he averaged 22.4 points and 6.1 assists per night in a 40-game campaign.
Ainge, who had Lemon Jr. in for a workout during the club’s pre-draft mini camp sessions this past June, confirmed the signing to the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy on Monday.
Danny Ainge confirms @ShamsCharania report that Celtics have agreed to terms with PG Walter Lemon Jr. on two-way deal. "Speed, strength and experience," he said.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 16, 2018
Boston’s quiet offseason will likely conclude with decisions on Jabari Bird and restricted free agent Marcus Smart.