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Daniel Theis, Celtics agree to two-year, $10M contract, per his agent

Daniel Theis, Celtics agree to two-year, $10M contract, per his agent

The Boston Celtics are taking care of their frontcourt business Tuesday.

Restricted free agent Daniel Theis has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract to stay with the Celtics, his agents told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday.

Theis was Boston's last remaining restricted free agent, as Terry Rozier signed with the Charlotte Hornets and Brad Wanamaker entered unrestricted free agency after the C's didn't extend him a qualifying offer.

Theis returns to a new-look Celtics frontcourt that lost Al Horford to free agency (Philadelphia 76ers) and Aron Baynes to a trade with the Phoenix Suns but added Enes Kanter (who also inked a reported two-year, $10 million deal) and Vincent Poirier in free agency.

The 27-year-old German big man averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds over 13.8 minutes per game last season but could see an expanded role this season with Horford and Baynes out of the mix.

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Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters active for the Celtics vs. 76ers, both reportedly unlikely to play

Tacko Fall, Tremont Waters active for the Celtics vs. 76ers, both reportedly unlikely to play

The Boston Celtics are going to have two of their G League stars available to play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

According to multiple reports, including NBC Sports Boston's Abby Chin, 7-foot-5 center Tacko Fall and 5-foot-10 guard Tremont Waters are both expected to be active for the Celtics tonight.

Fall and Waters have starred at the G League level to start the season. Waters won the G League Player of the Month award in November and so far this season, he is averaging 20.2 points, 8.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game for the Red Claws.

As for Fall, he has been excellent as well and has provided the team with an anchor down low on both sides of the floor. He has averaged 15 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in six games, but he has missed time recently due to a knee injury.

Fall and Waters will replace fellow rookies Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards on the bench. The two were sent down to the Red Claws to make room for Fall and Waters as depth.

That said, though Fall and Waters are listed as active, neither is likely to play in the contest, per Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal.

This isn't a major surprise, but it's still possible they could see time if the game ends up being a blowout or if the team gets in foul trouble at either guard or center.

Waters would likely find himself behind Brad Wanamaker and Javonte Green on the bench at guard while Fall will be the team's fourth big overall behind Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, and Grant Williams.

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers, which tips off Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call at 8 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Joel Embiid embracing challenge of playing Celtics in Boston, loves 'crazy' C's fans

Joel Embiid embracing challenge of playing Celtics in Boston, loves 'crazy' C's fans

Be careful what you wish for, Joel Embiid. 

The Philadelphia 76ers big man is excited to take on the Celtics at TD Garden Thursday, and he isn't shying away from the competition knowing that Boston is 10-0 on its home court. Aside from the competition, though, Embiid had some interesting things to say about C's fans ahead of the second matchup of the season between the two rivals. 

“They’re a great team. They’re third in the East. So it’s going to be a great matchup and I’m sure the fans are going to let us know it,” Embiid said Thursday. “I’m excited to come back here. I love this place. I love playing here. The fans are crazy and I love the way they support the team and how crazy they are. So I’m excited.”

While the 76ers are fourth in the Eastern Conference, TD Garden hasn't been nice to them over the years. In their last 10 meetings in Boston, not including playoffs, the C's hold a 9-1 record against Philly dating back to 2015. Looking at that record, quite frankly, it's hard to imagine that Embiid geniuinely enjoys taking the floor in Boston -- especially considering he and his teammates will be greeted by boos from C's fans. 

However, Embiid did have a solid performance the last time he came into TD Garden, scoring 34 points with 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks through 40 minutes of action in a 121-114 overtime loss on Christmas in 2018.

If he can string together a similar performance, the 76ers may stand a chance in the fortress that the Garden has become. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers, which tips off Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call at 8 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.