Celtics add frontcourt depth following Jrue Holiday trade
The Boston Celtics’ frontcourt depth took a hit on Sunday morning when they traded center Robert Williams as part of the package to acquire guard Jrue Holiday from the Portland Trail Blazers. They quickly turned around and added to the depth chart just a few hours later.
As first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics are signing Wenyen Gabriel to a training camp deal. Charania added that Gabriel “will compete for a reserve big man spot in Boston.”
Gabriel, 26, has spent time with six teams over his four seasons in the NBA. Last season, the 7-foot, 205-pound center appeared in 68 games for the Los Angeles Lakers, making two starts. In 15.1 minutes per game Gabriel averaged 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the field. He’s also played for the Pelicans, Blazers, Kings, Clippers, and Nets, as well as spending some time in the G-League.
Playing for the Celtics won’t be the first time Gabriel plays basketball in New England. He began his high school career at Trinity High School in New Hampshire, before transferring to Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts. Coming out of Wilbraham & Monson he was a five-star recruit, and played two years at Kentucky before going undrafted in 2018.
In camp, Gabriel will compete with Luke Kornet, Queta Neemias, and Dalano Blanton for big man reps behind Al Horford and Kristaps Porzingis. The Celtics will open camp on Oct. 3.
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