Report: 11-year veteran among two big men joining Celtics


More help is on the way for the Boston Celtics ahead of their Christmas Day matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Celtics are planning to sign free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu and G League big man Norvel Pelle to 10-day NBA hardship exception contracts, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Friday.

Boston still has eight players in health and safety protocols, including big men Al Horford, Enes Freedom and Grant Williams and wings Josh Richardson and Aaron Nesmith. The C's have already added C.J. Miles and Joe Johnson to hardship exception deals, with Johnson playing an awesome role in Wednesday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Aminu boasts 11 seasons of NBA experience and split the 2020-21 season between the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls. The 31-year-old has averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds over 711 career games and should provide some veteran frontcourt depth.

Pelle is currently on the Cavs' G League affiliate, the Cleveland Charge. He's played sparingly in 37 games with four different teams at the NBA level, and appeared in 24 games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019-20 while the Celtics' current head coach, Ime Udoka, was an assistant in Philly.

The Celtics are scheduled to play the Bucks at 2:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day, and the arrival of Aminu and Pelle could help them field a full roster.