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Former Boston Celtics guard Kadeem Allen signs with New York Knicks


Former Boston Celtics guard Kadeem Allen has signed with the New York Knicks, the Knicks announced Wednesday. Allen, who was on a two-way contract with the Celtics this past season, is likely on a training camp deal with New York, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

The Celtics drafted Allen with the No. 53-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He spent most of last year with the Maine Red Claws of the G League, though Boston used him in 18 NBA games. He spent Las Vegas Summer League with the Celtics until they waived him just before his 2018-19 salary was set to guarantee July 15.

Allen’s presence means one more guard on a Knicks roster that already boasts Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Ron Baker, Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier, who recently agreed to a two-way deal with New York. 

Boston quickly agreed to a two-way contract with 6-foot-3 guard Walt Lemon Jr. after waiving Allen. It has one other two-way spot open and still has a qualifying offer extended to restricted free agent Jabari Bird, who was the Celtics’ other two-way guy this past season. Bird is still able to accept the qualifying offer, which would bring him back to Boston on another two-way contract.

Allen averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34 games with Maine this past season.

Fred Katz covers the Celtics for MassLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.

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