The Celtics have agreed to a four-year deal with rookie swing Semi Ojeleye, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports. The first two years of the deal are guaranteed according to Himmelsbach, marking the seoncd time the Celtics have given a fully-guaranteed second year to a second-round pick under coach Brad Stevens following Jordan Mickey.
The Celtics are planning to sign rookie forward Semi Ojeleye to a four-year deal, first two years guaranteed, per league source.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 15, 2017
Ojeleye adds to the plethora of versatile wings on the Celtics’ roster, joining Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, and Abdel Nader. Ojeleye already looks like a useful 3-and-D player, with coach Brad Stevens noting at Vegas Summer League last week that he may play a role as a versatile defender off the bench in his rookie year.
This likely paves the way for the team to sign Guerschon Yabusele. The team has already signed Abdel Nader (according to reports and Nader’s instagram account).
The Celtics will also waive point guard Demetrius Jackson, sources tell CelticsBlog. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald was the first to report. Jackson had $650,000 guaranteed on the books, so the Celtics will use the stretch provision to spread that money out over the next three years against the cap if he does not clear waivers.