Celtics reportedly sign two players ahead of training camp
Training camp is just around the corner, but the Boston Celtics are not done adding.
Their latest moves have come with a focus on the team’s frontcourt depth, too, with Luke Kornet signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to Forbes’ Chris Grenham. Kornet’s signing comes just a day after the Green added versatile forward Juwan Morgan to the mix, which was confirmed to HoopsHype by Morgan’s reps.
Originally acquired by the Celtics in the deadline deal that sent Daniel Theis and Javonte Green to Chicago, Kornet appeared in 18 games with Boston down the stretch, and averaged 4.4 points, 1.4 blocks, and 2.9 rebounds in 14:06 per night. A 7-foot-2 big out of Vandy, and with Tacko Fall off to Cleveland, Kornet’s return makes him the tallest Celtic currently signed to the roster.
Kornet could be utilized in a similar fashion, too, as Exhibit 10 contracts can be converted to two-way contracts before the start of the regular season. (The Celtics currently have a two-way contract opening on their roster.) The contract also incentivizes player to stick it out with a franchise, as the team will control the rights of an Exhibit 10 player while in the G League, and players on Exhibit 10 contracts are eligible for $50,000 should they stay on the G League roster for at least 60 days.
If this all sounds familiar, again, it’s exactly what the Celtics did with Fall before he signed his two-way deal with the C’s.
And though he’s no Tacko, ‘The Green Kornet’ has a pretty solid ring to it, not gonna lie.
Morgan, meanwhile, will jump to the Celtics after spending the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz. In action for 50 NBA games with the Jazz, the 6-foot-8 Morgan has totaled 71 points on 29-for-56 shooting (7-for-21 from deep), along with 57 rebounds, 15 assists, and five steals in 281 and a half minutes of action. Morgan even made two postseason starts for Quin Snyder’s Jazz during the 2020 postseason, and has played center when the Jazz went with a small-ball grouping.
In addition to the aforementioned open two-way roster spot available, Kornet, Morgan, and any other Celtic signed ahead of training camp could find themselves vying for Jabari Parker’s non-guaranteed roster spot for the 2021-22 season.
The reported signings of Kornet and Morgan bring the Celtics up to 17 players signed for 2021-22, too, with teams allowed to carry a maximum of 20 players during training camp and 15 when the season starts.
NBA training camps are currently slated to open later this month.
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