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NBA Rumors: Celtics sign ex-Xavier forward to battle Tacko Fall for roster spot

NBA Rumors: Celtics sign ex-Xavier forward to battle Tacko Fall for roster spot

Tacko Fall reportedly has more competition as he battles for a spot on the Boston Celtics' 15-man roster.

The Celtics are signing former Xavier forward and Chicago Bulls G-Leaguer Kaiser Gates to a training camp contract, The Athletic's Shams Sharania reported Thursday.

Boston currently has 14 players under guaranteed contracts for the 2019-20 season, while Tremont Waters and Max Strus are on two-way deals and Javonte Green is on a partial/non-guaranteed deal.

Fall has an Exhibit 10 contract with the C's, meaning he's guaranteed an invite to training camp but can be waived at any point, with the possibility of joining the G-League Maine Red Claws if he goes unclaimed.

The 7-foot-6 big man now also needs to beat out Gates, who went undrafted out of Xavier in 2018 and played for Chicago's Summer League team before the Bulls waived him in October.

Boston begins training camp Sept. 28.

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Celtics' Marcus Smart signs posters for 'biggest fans' Grant Williams, Javonte Green

Celtics' Marcus Smart signs posters for 'biggest fans' Grant Williams, Javonte Green

Marcus Smart got a visit from two of his biggest fans in the Boston Celtics locker room on Friday.

Those fans were his rookie teammates Grant Williams and Javonte Green, who approached the longest-tenured Celtic with autograph requests.

Smart obliged, but he laughed off their requests to write "To Grant" or "To Javonte" on the Authentic Fan posters. Williams did, however, convince Smart to write "To Mini-Me" since Smart has referred to the 21-year-old as the younger version of himself.

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To say the youngsters look up to Smart would be an understatement.

After missing the Celtics' win over the Heat with an illness and oblique injury, Smart will be back in action for Friday night's matchup vs. the Denver Nuggets.

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This historical stat bodes well for the Celtics chances of beating the Nuggets

This historical stat bodes well for the Celtics chances of beating the Nuggets

The Boston Celtics are trying to win their ninth consecutive home game at the TD Garden to start the season. To keep the streak alive, they'll have to take down a tough opponent in the Denver Nuggets.

The Celtics are on a three-game losing streak against the Nuggets, including a 96-92 defeat in Denver a couple of weeks. That said, history suggests that the Celtics shouldn't be worried about dropping a fourth game in a row.

According to Sean Grande, the Celtics have never lost four straight games to the Nuggets in the 44 years that the Nuggets have been part of the NBA.

Of course, it's important not to read into this too much, as trends are made to be broken. But still, it's an interesting nugget for the Celtics to be aware of before they take on the Nuggets.

After all, the C's did play hard against Denver at the end of a five-game west coast road trip and came back during a game in which Kemba Walker suffered a scary-looking injury. So, perhaps in the friendly confines of the TD Garden, they'll have a chance to emerge victoriously.

Heading into the game, the Celtics are favored by 3.5 points as the home team. Click here for our predictions about how the second meeting between the Celtics and Nuggets this season will shake out.

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