Guerschon Yabusele may sign an NBA D-League contract with the Maine Red Claws, but that decision is still being determined according to a team source. French media outlet L’Eqipue first reported that Yabusele was heading to Boston after finishing his season with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball League this week.
A team source said that Yabusele will process his paperwork with the D-League before reporting to Boston for a medical to evaluate his sprained left ankle that he suffered last week playing for the Sharks. Yabusele is currently in France awaiting his visa to be processed, per source.
Yabusele’s signing hinges on his visa going through in a timely manner, as well as passing his physical. If Yabusele does play this season, it will be with the Red Claws. Signing a D-League contract does not initiate his rook-scale contract with the Boston Celtics, nor does it require them to sign him to his rookie-scale contract this offseason.
The Red Claws have eight regular season games remaining before the D-League playoffs and are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division by 2.5 games over the Delaware 87ers.
Yabusele averaged 30.3 minutes, 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in 43 games with the Sharks, while only starting four games. He shots 52.7% from the field on 14 shots per game and 36.4% from three on 5.2 attempts per game.
Team sources and front office members throughout the league have indicated in conversations that Yabusele has been impressive this season and may have been a steal at the 16th pick in last year’s draft. Yabusele’s three-point shot, ball skills in transition and the half court, and combination of athleticism and power have been labeled by observers from around the league as skills that should translate well to the NBA.
His 28-point, 10-rebound performance against Guangdong showcased his variety of skills that have the Dancing Bear his nickname.