With Kyrie Irving’s upcoming knee surgery set to sideline him for 4-5 months, the Celtics have signed Jonathan Gibson, a guard from China, for the remainder of the season, according to Yahoo! Sports’s Sham Charania.
Sources: The Boston Celtics are signing guard Jonathan Gibson for the remainder of the season. Gibson averaged 33.7 points in China this season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 5, 2018
At 6’2” and 185 pounds, the 30-year-old Gibson has shown an impressive ability to score the basketball during his stint with the Qingdao Double Star Eagles, averaging 33.7 points per game on .446/.374/.828 shooting splits.
He even went off for 60 points in a game earlier this season where he hit 12 threes.
Of course, the talent in the Chinese Basketball Association isn’t quite up to par with that of the NBA, but Gibson proved to be a decent shooter in 17 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season, knocking down 15 of his 45 (33%) three pointers.
Boston also got a look at him during both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues in 2012-13 so there is a little bit of familiarity there, at least as far as the front office is concerned.
While it wouldn’t be smart to expect huge scoring totals from Gibson, the added depth at the guard position certainly can’t hurt given all the injuries currently plaguing the Celtics.
That said, Gibson will not be eligible for the postseason.