The Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-way contract with 21-year-old P.J. Dozier, the team announced Tuesday. Sporting News’ Sean Deveney was first to report the news earlier this month.
Dozier, a 6-foot-7 combo guard, spent this past season on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He got into only two NBA games, playing a total of three minutes during that time, instead spending the majority of his season with the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue.
The Blue rotated Dozier and a couple other facilitating guards on and off the ball last season. He guarded multiple positions inside a fast-paced defense, as well. Dozier finished this past G League season averaging 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range.
He spent two seasons at University of South Carolina before heading to the NBA. He signed with the Thunder as an undrafted free agent during the summer of 2017.
Dozier brings Boston to the maximum of two two-way players. The Celtics signed another guard, Walt Lemon Jr., to a two-way deal earlier this summer. Two-way players can spend up to 45 days on the NBA roster before teams either have to guarantee their contracts or release them. They spend the rest of their time in the G League.
The Celtics already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their NBA roster. Teams can have up to 20 players on their roster during the offseason and in training camp.
Dozier has an emotional connection to Boston already. The at-the-time rookie went through some scrutiny after choosing to wear No. 35 (former MVP Kevin Durant’s old number) with the Thunder last year. But the reason he picked 35 was in honor of his late cousin Reggie Lewis, who spent his entire six-year career with the Celtics. Lewis died from a heart attack in 1993. He was 27 years old.
Fred Katz covers the Celtics for MassLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.