Here’s The Globe’s Gary Washburn with the Jabari Bird news:
Our Keith Smith reported earlier in the week that the Celtics extended a qualifying offer to Bird. Keith notes:
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.
Bird showed some promise at the end of the year while the Celtics were in cruise control in final few games, but he really showed out in Maine. In 35.2 minutes per game, Bird averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. He’s an energy player and an above average defender who could add depth in Minnesota and Philadelphia. With Boston nearing the tax line and still negotiating the return of Marcus Smart, any money offered by an outside team would likely not get matched by Danny Ainge.