The Boston Celtics signed Jabari Bird to a two-year contract, with the first year guaranteed, the team announced Thursday.
Drafted by the Celtics with the 56th overall pick in 2017, the 6-foot-6 Bird spent his rookie season with the Celtics on a two-way deal, and averaged 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 8.8 minutes per games in 13 games (one start). While bolstered by an undeniably small sample size, Bird shot surprisingly well in Boston, with a 57.7 field goal percentage, and 42.9 percent mark from three-point land. On that aforementioned two-way deal, the 24-year-old Bird appeared in 20 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League, where he also averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.35 steals per game.
A restricted free agent this summer, Bird played in four games played during the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, and recorded team highs in points (16.8) and rebounds (6.0) per game, while shooting a team-best 57.0 percent from the field.
With Bird now in the fold on a guaranteed contract, the Celtics' NBA roster now features 15 guaranteed contracts for the 2018-19 season, meaning that the Celtics are likely done adding pieces this summer. And with Walt Lemon Jr. officially signed to a two-way deal last night, the Celtics now have a fully and completely full roster across the board.