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Celtics exercise contract options on Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Guerschon Yabusele

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Celtics exercise contract options on Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Guerschon Yabusele

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics have picked up the third and fourth-year options on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, respectively.

No surprise there.

The team also announced it was picking up the option year on Guerschon Yabusele, which was far from being a no-brainer.

All three will be signed through the 2019-2020 season.

The 6-foot-8 Yabusele has played sparingly since Boston selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He spent a year playing in China before joining the Celts last season.

While he hasn’t played much thus far, his role may be enhanced over the next couple of weeks with Daniel Theis out with a tear of his right plantar fascia which will require Theis to be in a walking boot for a couple weeks and from there according to Theis, he’ll be day-to-day.

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Vincent Poirier confirms he's joining Celtics in Instagram message to fans

Vincent Poirier confirms he's joining Celtics in Instagram message to fans

Vincent Poirier reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics back on July 2, but we haven't heard much from the French big man since then.

That changed Monday morning, as Poirier posted a message to his Instagram story confirming he's parting ways with his European club team, Baskonia, to join the Celtics.

Baskonia also made the announcement on Twitter while thanking Poirier for his contributions.

Poirier spent two seasons with Baskonia in the Spanish ACB, averaging 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season while earning All-EuroLeague Second Team honors.

In Boston, he'll join a new-look frontcourt that lost Al Horford (free agency), Aron Baynes (trade) and Guerschon Yabusele (waived) while adding Enes Kanter in free agency and bringing back Daniel Theis.

It sounds like Poirier is excited to get started with the "mythical" Celtics franchise and compete for minutes as he realizes his NBA "dream."

UPDATE (1:35 p.m. ET): Poirier officially has signed with the Celtics, the team announced Monday

In using the stretch provision following the release of Guerschon Yabusele, the Celtics generated enough cap space to ink second-round draft pick Carsen Edwards to a four-year pact and give Poirier more than a minimum contract. According to Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights, Poirier signed a two-year deal worth $4.6 million, or roughly the same amount that first-round pick Grant Williams will make over the first two years of his rookie deal. The Celtics still have one open roster spot — and a sliver of available cap space — they could potentially utilize to sign a rookie above a minimum salary before inking Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis to complete their summer signings.

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Five takeaways from Celtics' performance in Las Vegas Summer League

Five takeaways from Celtics' performance in Las Vegas Summer League

When the Celtics completed their run at the Las Vegas Summer League over the weekend, it signaled the start of the quiet part of the year for basketball fans.

All the big-name free agents have already come off the board. The summer league action is over, and the preseason is still more than two months away. We even have to wait about a month until the 2019-20 regular season schedule gets announced.

But watching the C's play five games in Las Vegas provided fans with several takeaways heading into next season.

Tacko Fall was a fan favorite, but will he get a contract with Boston — or a two-way deal — for next year? Carsen Edwards finished with the Celtics' highest summer league scoring average in 15 years, but where will he slot in to the lineup? There were also positives from both Williamses — Grant and Robert — as well as second-round pick Tremont Waters.

Here are A. Sherrod Blakely's five takeaways from the Celtics' performance in summer league.>>>>

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