Sources tell CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith that the Boston Celtics have tendered a qualifying offer to second year player Jabari Bird. Bird is now a restricted free agent and Boston can match any offer sheet he signs with another club.
The Boston Celtics have tendered a qualifying offer to two-way player Jabari Bird. He's now a restricted free agent. The Celtics can match any offer sheet Bird signs with another team. If he signs the QO, he'll return on a second two-way contract.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 29, 2018
Bird was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of California. He played in 13 games with the Celtics, showing flashes in a late season call-up. He scored a career-high 15 points in an early-April win over the Chicago Bulls.
The qualifying offer for Bird is at the amount of a second two-way contract: $77,250.00. His cap hold is for the one-year veteran minimum amount of $1,337,872.00. If Bird was to sign the qualifying offer, he’d return to Boston on a second two-way contract.
The qualifying offer for Jabari Bird is ag the amount of a second two-way contract: $77,250. The cap hold for Bird is at the one-year minimum salary, which is currently projected at $1,337,872.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 29, 2018
If Bird signs the QO, he would be signed to a second two-way deal.
It’s likely Bird will not sign the qualifying offer and will seek a standard NBA contract with the Celtics. This would give him a chance to come to training camp in September and compete for a roster spot.