By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
There will be no shortage bodies at the Celtics’ training camp this fall, as the team has reportedly added Yante Maten to the mix on an Exhibit 10 contract, per the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.
A 23-year-old forward, Maten spent last year with the Heat organization on a two-way deal, and appeared in two games for Miami, totaling two points and two rebounds in 12:00 in the Heat’s season finale after playing just 1:02 in his NBA debut.
And though the NBA looks were limited to just over 13 minutes, the 6-foot-8 Maten was a dominant force in the G League, finishing with 23.5 points per game (sixth-best mark among all G-Leaguers) in 30 games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
If the ‘Exhibit 10’ aspect of it sounds familiar, that’s because one of the men Maten will be competing against in C’s camp, 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, is also with the Celtics on an Exhibit 10 contract.
(For those unaware, the Exhibit 10 deal essentially incentivizes players to stick with an NBA team’s G-League affiliate should they not make the team out of training camp by way of guaranteed bonus money. That guaranteed money comes the player’s way should he spend at least two months with that NBA team’s G-League squad. It’s basically a mutual agreement for a relatively long-term commitment rarely seen when it comes to undrafted rookies, long-term projects, and the like.)
In addition to Fall and Maten, the Celtics will have Kaiser Gates in camp in search of a roster spot, while two-way contract signees Tremont Waters and Max Strus will be looking to turn their deals into guaranteed deals with the big league club.