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Daniel Theis fully guaranteed for 2018-19

The second year big man will give Boston depth in the front court

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Daniel Theis’ contract with the Boston Celtics is now fully guaranteed. Theis’ deal was fully non-guaranteed for 2018-19, had Boston waived him on 7/10/18. The Celtics chose to let that date pass without any news and will bring Theis back for $1,378,242, which is the equivalent of the one-year veteran minimum.

Boston originally signed the German native Theis in the summer of 2017 to a two-year contract via the Minimum Exception. With his 2018-19 contract now fully guaranteed, Theis will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019.

Originally a bit of a mystery man, Theis play in 63 games for the Celtics in 2017-18, averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in 15 minutes a night, generally off the bench. He shot 54.1 percent overall and was the third or fourth big in the rotation, depending on who Brad Stevens had available to him.

Unfortunately, Theis was one of the last victims in a nightmare season of injuries for Boston. He went down during a mid-March game against the Indiana Pacers. Theis was originally thought to have just banged knees, but was eventually diagnosed with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, which ended his promising rookie season.

Theis recently told the media that he expect to be cleared for full-contact basketball activities at some point in August. This would put him on track to be ready when training camp starts in late-September. Theis is also hoping to be available to play for the German National Team in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers earlier in September.