Celtics sign Jordan Walsh to rookie contract
Two weeks after getting drafted by the Celtics, forward Jordan Walsh has signed his rookie contract with the team. The C’s took the 19-year-old out of Arkansas in the second round, 38th overall, in last month’s NBA Draft. He was their only selection in this year’s draft.
Walsh’s rookie deal, first reported by Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, is worth up to $7.6 million over four years. It includes a team option for the fourth year, which is the 2026-2027 season.
Under the new NBA CBA, Walsh’s contract won’t start counting against the cap until July 31. Because of that, the Celtics still can make use of the $5 million mid-level exception for teams in the first tax apron, and they remain under the second apron.
Walsh will make his Celtics ‘debut’ on Saturday, when the team kicks off its Summer League Schedule in Las Vegas against the Miami Heat. The Celtics will then play the Wizards on Sunday.
A five-star recruit and McDonalds All-American coming out of Dallas, Texas, Walsh played one year at Arkansas before declaring for the draft. In 36 games including 22 starts, he scored 7.1 points per game shooting 43.3 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from three. He also grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game. Experts had his defense as one of his top traits coming out of school.
Walsh’s signing leaves the Celtics with one open roster spot for the moment. They do have the flexibility to create more, and recently created a $6.2 million trade exception by dealing Grant Williams to the Dallas Mavericks in a sign-and-trade move.
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