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How Tacko Fall factors into the Celtics' fight for the 15th roster spot

How Tacko Fall factors into the Celtics' fight for the 15th roster spot

BOSTON -- For those of us who watched the Boston Celtics during summer league, it wasn’t all that shocking to learn that they would sign Javonte Green to a multi-year deal

But the perception of many has been signing Green meant that the Celtics had passed on signing 7-foot-7 sensation Tacko Fall. 

Not so fast, people. 

Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, has made no secret about the team’s interest level in signing Fall to a contract beyond his current Exhibit 10 deal remains high. 

So how can they do it?

Let’s take a step back and examine Green’s deal which is partially guaranteed for the first year and non-guaranteed for the second. 

That means he has to make the team in order for it be fully guaranteed either season, which means the team’s current allotment of guaranteed contracts remains at 14. 

Boston also has a pair of players signed to two-way deals in Max Strus and Tremont Waters. Because they are on two-way contracts, neither counts towards the team’s guaranteed contract allotment which can be no more than 15. 

That means that there’s still an open roster spot that the team can use to sign another player, and so the fight for 15 - as in the 15th and final roster spot, can include Tacko Fall.

And with Fall being signed to an Exhibit 10 contract, that guarantees that he will have an invitation to training camp where he could in fact fight for that coveted final roster spot. 

“Tacko is going to have a chance to make the roster,” Ainge told NBC Sports Boston. “We see some upside there, we’re excited about him.”

In addition to Fall potentially landing the last remaining roster spot, the Celtics could also waive one of its two-way players and turn around and convert Fall’s Exhibit 10 deal into a two-way contract which would result in him spending most of his time with Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws and be limited to spending no more than 45 days with the Celtics. 

“He’s a great kid. He’s working really hard. We want to take his development very, very seriously,” Ainge told reporters earlier this week. “He’s a high priority for us to develop into a player.”

Ainge added, “Tacko is fun to watch. He makes me laugh. Some of the plays he makes are hilarious because you just don’t see them. Guys get in a bind and they just throw the ball in the air, and Tacko grabs them and tip-toe dunks them into the basket. He looks like a senior in high school playing with fourth graders out there.” 

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That time Enes Kanter almost made Celtics coach Brad Stevens go viral

That time Enes Kanter almost made Celtics coach Brad Stevens go viral

Enes Kanter loves social media and is a big fan of Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

But Kanter recently discovered something his new boss: Stevens and social media don't mix.

Kanter recently joined the "Celtics Talk Podcast" for an exclusive chat and regaled co-hosts Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg with a great story about Stevens' love for basketball -- and for staying out of the spotlight.

"I've never worked with a guy like Brad. He's amazing, man," Kanter said. "One time, we finished practiced, right? And he's playing 1-on-1 with the ball boys. And I'm like, 'Man, this is crazy. This is the only head coach I've seen trying to play 1-on-1 with the ball boys.'

Kanter, who's extremely active on social media and posts videos of his daily workouts on Twitter and Instagram, naturally wanted to document this important moment. But Stevens wasn't having it.

"He was actually pretty good," Kanter said. "He was blocking shots, making 3-pointers. I've still got the film. I was actually filming him, and he saw me and was like, 'No, no, no.' He didn't want it to go viral. But he was actually really good."

Imagine if Kanter had posted a video of Stevens (who played college basketball at Division III DePauw University, by the way) swatting a Celtics ball boy's shot into the cheap seats? Yeah, that might have gone viral...

The 27-year-old big man honored his coach's wishes and kept the footage under wraps, but maybe Stevens will allow Kanter to show us one day.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

New Celtics big man Enes Kanter sits down with Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Kyle and Chris to discuss Team USA's impact on the Celtics, Jaylen Brown's impressive FIBA performance and whether Kemba Walker will step up and be the leader the C's need.

1:03 - Enes Kanter interview

21:56 - Team USA's seventh-place finish

28:34 - Did the Celtics get all they could out of playing for Team USA?

32:30 - Are the Celtics more likely to give Jaylen Brown an extension after his FIBA performance?

37:15 - Will Kemba Walker be the alpha the Celtics need?

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