Max Strus

Max Strus reveals new team on Instagram after being waived by Celtics

Max Strus reveals new team on Instagram after being waived by Celtics

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Max Strus has found a new home shortly after being waived by the Boston Celtics.

The 23-year-old, who had recently signed a two-way deal with the C's, revealed on Instagram he'll be joining the Chicago Bulls. The team officially announced the deal shortly thereafter.

Strus played well in the C's exhibition games going 5-for-12 from 3-point range, but Boston ultimately opted to go with Javonte Green for the 15th roster spot. Now, the DePaul product should have a better chance to contribute in the Windy City.

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Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

Boston trims roster, Javonte Green appears to win final spot

The Boston Celtics waived Max Strus, Kaiser Gates, and Yante Maten on Saturday, trimming their roster to the regular-season limit of 17.

With the moves, summer league standout Javonte Green appears to have clinched the team’s 15th roster spot. Gates and Maten will have a chance to latch on with the Maine Red Claws as affiliated players after they clear waivers.

The Celtics signed Strus to a 2-way deal after he went undrafted then promoted him to the 15-man roster earlier this week on a partially guaranteed deal. That opened a 2-way slot to sign 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall.

Strus played well late in the exhibition slate and made 5 of his 12 3-point attempts overall. The combination of Fall’s potential and his popularity forced the team to maneuver. With help from his springy hops, Green made 16 of his 20 shots in the preseason and showed an ability to be an aggressive perimeter defender, helping him edge Strus in the competition for the final spot on the parent roster.

The Celtics open the regular season on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

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Max Strus on new deal with Celtics: 'I still have to work'

Max Strus on new deal with Celtics: 'I still have to work'

BOSTON -- Max Strus confirmed that he has in fact agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Boston Celtics. 

But he’s quick to add that his future as a Boston Celtic, even with the new deal upgrading him from being a two-way signee, does little to assure that he’s on the roster at the start of the season.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Strus told NBC Sports Boston. “But nothing’s official. I still have to make the roster. Nothing is for sure yet.”

If you recall, Strus agreed to a two-way contract with the Celtics not that long after he went undrafted out of Depaul, having wowed the Celtics with his long-range shooting during his workout for the team. 

Since then, opportunities to showcase that shooting prowess have been few and far between.

He’s hoping to change that in the coming weeks leading up to the start of the season. 

But if he is waived, Strus will likely pocket a partial guarantee that’s worth more than $200,000 which is close to the $214,000 he would have made if he was a two-way player and wound up being with the Celtics for the maximum-allowed 45 days. 

It’s hard to look at Strus’ deal and not put it in the context of what it means to fellow rookie Tacko Fall, whose Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics has been converted to the two-way deal that used to belong to Strus. 

Strus is well aware of the tenuous status he currently has, which is why his focus now isn’t any different than it was when he first joined the Celtics.

“It feels good, but nothing is for sure yet. A lot of people think I got the (15th and final) roster spot but that’s not what happened,” Strus said. “So I still have to work.”

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