Two more candidates for the Celtics’ final roster spot have signed with other teams. Former Celtic Gerald Green signed a training camp deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Thomas Robinson agreed to a deal to play for Khimiki Moscow in Russia.
Gerald Green averaged 5.6 points per game in 47 appearances last season for the Celtics, but came up big in the first round of the playoffs when Boston went small to counter Chicago’s size advantage. He will now compete for a roster spot with the Bucks against former teammate James Young.
Robinson averaged 5.0 points and 4.6 rebounds with the Los Angeles Lakers last season in over 11 minutes per night. The Celtics could have used his rebounding abilities, but he didn’t offer much after that in terms of a skill-set. Boston worked out Robinson, but did not end up signing the former top-five draft pick.
After the blockbuster trade that sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a pick to Cleveland in return for Kyrie Irving, the Celtics were left with an open roster spot. Matt Chin outlined the remaining options for the Celtics before Robinson and Green signed with their respective teams, and the best players left seem to be David Lee, LaVoy Allen, and Tiago Splitter.
Lee might be the last viable option, since he was very productive for the San Antonio Spurs last season after a less than inspiring 30 games with the Celtics two years ago. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in over 18 minutes per game in his lone season under Gregg Popovich.
We’ll keep an eye on the Celtics signing a player to complete their roster going into training camp, which starts on September 26th. Before the Irving-Thomas trade, the Celtics had 16 guaranteed contracts on the roster, which makes it odd that they haven’t filed out the team.