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Tacko Thursday: Celtics announce signing of Tacko Fall and three others

Tacko Thursday: Celtics announce signing of Tacko Fall and three others

The Boston Celtics announced the signing of four players Thursday, including Tacko Fall,  the 7-foot-7 summer league sensation who will be in camp with an opportunity to compete for the team’s final roster spot.

The Celtics signed second-round draft pick Tremont Waters and undrafted rookie Max Strus to their two available two-way contract slots, which allows them to spend time with both the parent club and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.

Boston also announced the signing of Fall and fellow summer league standout Javonte Green. 

Fall signed an Exhibit 10 with Boston after going undrafted and remains in line to collect up to $50,000 if he is waived at the end of training camp and reports to the Maine Red Claws as one of Boston’s affiliated players. To do that, Boston would have to eventually expose Fall to waivers and they might be more inclined to elevate him to the parent roster or a potential two-way slot if they were to elevate either Waters or Strus.

Green is coming to camp on a partially guaranteed deal that will allow him to also compete for a final roster spot, and offers potential enticement to consider the G-League, though a heftier payday could await overseas if he doesn’t make the roster.

The signings of Fall and Green allows the Celtics to maintain flexibility with an open roster spot while still bringing intriguing prospects to camp. Boston opened that roster spot when it waived 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele earlier this month.

The 23-year-old Fall averaged 7.2 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 77.3 percent from the floor during summer league. He became a sensation with his large size and wingspan, and dazzled with his tippy-toe dunks and obvious potential. The Senegal native went undrafted in June after four years at the University of Central Florida.

"Tacko is fun to watch,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last week. "He makes me laugh. Some of the plays he makes are hilarious because you just don’t see them. Guards get in a bind and they just throw the ball up in the air, then Tacko grabs them and makes tip-toe dunks from under the basket. It’s just like a senior in high school playing against fourth graders sometimes out there. 

"He’s a great kid, he’s working really hard. We want to take his development very very seriously. He’s a high priority for us to try to really develop into a player."

The 26-year-old Green spent last year with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. He dazzled in summer league, particularly with his explosive leaping ability, and Danny Ainge had said the Celtics emerged intrigued with his potential.

“[Green] played really well for us in this summer, too, and he's proven he can find a good role in the NBA too if that's what he wants,” said Ainge.

Waters and Strus were expected to ink two-way deals with the team.

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Al Horford out for Celtics-Sixers reunion game due to injury: 'Definitely disappointed'

Al Horford out for Celtics-Sixers reunion game due to injury: 'Definitely disappointed'

BOSTON -- Celtics fans won't be able to boo or cheer Al Horford when the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup is announced Thursday.

Horford won't play Thursday against the Celtics due to left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness, the Sixers forward told reporters at TD Garden before the game.

Horford, who got injured during Philly's win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, will be on Philly's bench but won't suit up in his first trip to Boston since leaving the team in free agency over the summer.

The 33-year-old admitted he’s not too happy about the timing of his injury.

"Obviously I played here, but always during the years coming to play in the Garden, that's a big deal," Horford said.

"It's a special place to play at and I'm definitely disappointed that I won't be able to play tonight."

Some expected Horford to re-sign with Boston this past offseason before the veteran big man signed a four-year, $97 million contract with the rival Sixers.

But Horford still is very welcome at his former home.

"I've got no hard feelings," Horford said. "It's all love."

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.

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.