It’s been 26 months and a bunch of different organizations — both NBA and G-League, shout out to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers — since sharpshooter RJ Hunter last donned a Celtics jersey.
But the 25-year-old is officially back in the Boston fold thanks to a two-way contract signed early Wednesday afternoon.
First confirmed by his agency, Hunter also took to his personal Instagram to confirm the news.
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Back to the bean ????. It’s been a journey since I last was in Celtic jersey and for them to give me another chance means everything to me. I worked my ass off to become the best me on and off the court And to come back to this organization a better person/player overall is a wild feeling. So much more work to be done but I just want to thank the @celtics for this opportunity. @eriebayhawks thank you for the amazing time I hope I make everybody proud ????????????????????????????????
Drafted by the Celtics with the No. 28 overall pick in 2015, Hunter appeared in 36 games for the Celtics in 2015-16, but was the victim of a numbers game in 2016 (the Celtics opted to gamble on James Young instead of Hunter), and has since had brief NBA runs with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.
The 6-foot-5 Hunter appeared in five games for the Rockets last season, shooting 7-for-20 (3-for-14 from three-point range), and totaling three assists, three steals, and five rebounds in his 45:04 of on-court action.
An obvious G-League standout at this point of his career, Hunter returns to the Celtics organization averaging 22 points and shooting 42.6 percent from the field in 22 games for the Erie BayHawks this season. He also ranked second among all G-League shooters with 72 three-pointers made, and is attempting a league-high 9.5 three-pointers per game.
With P.J. Dozier still on the roster, the C’s are now at their max of two two-way contracts.