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Walt Lemon Jr. officially signs two-way deal with Boston Celtics

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics will have at least one new face with a two-way contract this upcoming season after signing Walter Lemon Jr.

The 25-year-old guard will spend this season back and forth between the Celtics and the Maine Red Claws of the Gatorade League, with Lemon spending no more than 45 days with the Celtics.

A four-year player out of Bradley, he went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. 

Since then he has played both internationally as well as in the G-League. 

It was with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants that he got a G-League call-up last season, signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the New Orleans Pelicans. He appeared in five games, averaging 3.4 points in just 7.0 minutes per game. 

The bulk of his time last season was spent with the Mad Ants, where he averaged 22.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.03 steals per game while averaging 36.6 minutes played.


“Everybody here at Summer League has to be impressed by the way he’s playing,” Celtics assistant and Summer League coach Jay Larranaga told reporters in Las Vegas recently when asked about the play of Celtics second-year guard Jabari Bird.

Especially, it appears, the Celtics themselves:

The deal is a two-year minimum contract, worth $3 million total, with the first season fully guaranteed. Bird will become a restricted free agent again in 2020 once the contract ends. 

One of the persons most happy is probably Jaylen Brown, a teammate of Bird’s at Cal and his current teammate in Boston.

“I’m telling you, he’s a really, really good player,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston earlier this year. “When he gets his chance, and he’ll get it, he’ll show everyone. You’ll see.”

And that chance, apparently, will come here.


It was widely assumed the Celtics, once they signed Brad Wanamaker, would be parting ways with Shane Larkin.

And so they have.

(Translation: Larkin has signed a one-year offer sheet with Turkish basketball club Anadolu Efes for $1.8 million.)

Larkin, who averaged 14.4 minutes and 4.3 points in 54 regular-season games last season, assumed a larger role in the playoffs after injuries struck, but was lost for the year after hurting his shoulder in Game 4 of the second-round series against Philadelphia,


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