Boston Celtics

Dec 18, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall (99) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

The Boston Celtics extended qualifying offers to their two-way talents from a year ago, center Tacko Fall and guard Tremont Waters, the team confirmed Thursday.

Signed to an Exhibit 10 contract and two-way contract following a strong Summer League effort with the Celtics, Fall spent his 2019-20 campaign between Maine and Boston, and averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in his seven-game NBA run.

When not with Boston, Fall was a force the G League, averaging a double-double (12.9 points, 11.1 rebounds per game) in 29 games played with the Maine Red Claws. The 7-foot-5 Fall also racked up a staggering 85 blocks (third-most in the G League) That run earned Fall a nod on the 2019-20 NBA G League All-Defensive Team.

Waters, meanwhile, was extended a qualifying offer after averaging 3.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 10.8 minutes per night during a seven-game NBA run. A second-round pick (No. 51 overall) in 2019, but buried on the depth chart in Boston, Waters truly thrived in his 36-game run with the Red Claws on the way to G League Rookie of the Year honors.

Averaging the 37th-most points per game in the G League with 18 points per night, Waters rounded out his game with 7.3 assists per night (sixth-best in the G), and his 1.9 steals per night were the 14th-most among G Leaguers.

Their offers come on the heels of Enes Kanter opting in and Gordon Hayward opting out of their deals for 2020-21.

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