Celtics sign Jabari Bird to two-way contract


Celtics sign Jabari Bird to two-way contract

BOSTON – Slowly but surely the Boston Celtics are filling out their training camp roster.

The latest addition to the mix is rookie Jabari Bird from Cal-Berkeley who becomes the second Boston Celtic to be signed to a two-way contract which is a one-year deal.

He joins fellow rookie Kadeem Allen whose two-way contract was signed last month shortly after the Celtics wrapped up summer league play in Las Vegas.

Boston has a confirmed 18 players slated for training camp - 14 with guaranteed contracts, Bird and Allen on two-way contract deals and camp invitees Andrew White III from Syracuse and P.J. Leak of Georgetown.

Two-way contracts are the latest wrinkle in the NBA’s efforts to give players more incentive to play closer to home rather than take their talents overseas if they are among those undrafted.

Players who sign two-way contracts can spend up to 45 days with an NBA team while the rest of their season will be spent in the Gatorade League.

The biggest reasons players often bypass the G-League (formerly the D-League) and play in another country, is the money.

While playing overseas has the potential to still pay more, the G-League is at least more competitive now in terms of salary. And with the prospect of seeing as many as 45 days in the NBA, that makes it a lot more attractive to players who are weighing the option of staying state-side versus playing outside the United States.

In the G-League, players signed to two-way contracts will make $75,000 and if they get called up to the NBA, they will earn the pro-rated rookie minimum which has the potential to earn two-way players more than $200,000.

This creates a potential win-win for the player who can get some experience in the NBA while earning a salary that is at least competitive to what they might earn overseas.

And the team’s, Boston’s G-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws as well as the Celtics, come out doing well in this arrangement as well.

The G-League team’s will likely attract talent that would have potentially played overseas, while NBA teams can get a closer look at players they see with potential but still need developing, and not have it count against their NBA-maximum for guaranteed roster spots which is 15.

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Kyrie Irving getting second opinion on injured knee

1:15 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek to discuss Kyrie Irving getting a second opinion on his injured knee and what the Kyrie’s options are for the remainder of the season.

5:53 - Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine break down the Celtics stunning last second comeback win over the Thunder with multiple key players sitting out.

10:27 - Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo stop by Early Edition to play a game of Fill in the Blank that involves Gronkowski’s contract and the Patriots best offseason acquisition.



Morris caps off improbable comeback vs Thunder

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Morris caps off improbable comeback vs Thunder

BOSTON – Marcus Morris has never been one to lack for confidence, regardless of time or score.

So with the game on the line, Morris … hesitated?

Uh, not exactly. 

It was a pump fake to create just enough space to launch what would become a game-winning 3-pointer that lifted Boston to an improbable 100-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Morris was asked about his uh, hesitation before draining the first game-winner of his NBA career.

“Hesitation? I don’t even know how to spell that (bleep),” quipped Morris. 

Morris arrived in Boston as a two-way talent via trade from Detroit, whose strength was more at the defensive end of the floor.

But with Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) both out, Morris has emerged as one of the team’s primary scoring options. 

“He’s another huge part of our team moving forward,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “If you’re counting on 13 or 14 (points) from him, now we’re counting on 16 or 18.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 100-99 win over Oklahoma City. 


Marcus Morris: Even before he drained the game-winning basket, Morris was having a good night for the Celtics. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with four rebounds and one steal.

Jayson Tatum: He has looked to score more now with key players sidelined, and the Celtics will be better for this long-term. Tatum had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Boston. And being 20 years and 17 days old, he became the youngest player in franchise history to have a game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, bettering the previous record set by Antoine Walker (20 years and 165 days old on Jan. 24, 1997.

Russell Westbrook: A normal night for Russell Westbrook is a career game-like performance for most NBA players. He led the Thunder with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. 

Paul George: Boston had problems limiting Paul George most of the game. For the second time in as many games this season against Boston, George tallied a double-double. He had 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting along with a game-high 13 rebounds.



Greg Monroe: On those stretches when the Celtics are thirsty for points, he has been the ultimate thirst-quencher off the bench. He led all reserves on Tuesday with 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.

Shane Larkin: He continues to make the most of his increased role with Kyrie Irving out. Larkin had 13 points off the bench on 5-for-9 shooting with four rebounds.



Carmelo Anthony: He had 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting, but Melo’s impact was minimal at best. What he will be remembered for from this game was the two free throw misses with 8.4 seconds and the Thunder up two points, that set up the Celtics’ Marcus Morris for his game-winning 3-pointer.

Al Horford: This was yet another stinker in terms of shooting the ball, for Al Horford. Not only did he miss shots that he knows he should have knocked down, but many came at a time when the Celtics needed a big shot to get some semblance of control. Usually it’s Horford whose play lifts Boston to victory. But on this night, it was his teammates who bailed him out because if Boston lost this game you can bet there would have been plenty of eyes that would gloss past his seven assists and six rebounds, and instead lock on to his five points (on 2-for-9 shooting) and four turnovers.