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Celtics sign Walt Lemon Jr. to a two-way contract

Fresh off of waiving Kadeem Allen, the Celtics filled one of their two-way slots quickly.

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Shams Charania reported on Monday morning that the Boston Celtics have signed Walt Lemon Jr. to a two-way NBA contract.

Lemon Jr. played in 5 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, averaging 3.4 points, 1.0 assist, shooting 44% from the field and 100% from behind the 3-point line. Lemon Jr. also played in the NBA G League last season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, averaging 22.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds on 49% shooting from the field, 31% shooting from behind the 3-point line and 79% from the free-throw line.

The 6’3” point guard will replace Kadeem Allen, who was just waived from his two-way contract before his contract guaranteed on July 15th.

As for the second two-way contract, Jabari Bird is still a restricted free agent, but he has a qualifying offer available to him if the Celtics don’t renounce his rights or agree to a new deal. Additionally, another team can sign Bird to an offer sheet, but it’s tough to see any team throwing any amount of money at Bird that the Celtics won’t easily match.

As we head into the doldrums of the NBA summer, the last big domino to fall will be the conclusion of Marcus Smart’s restricted free agency. For now, though, we’ll continue to talk about signing the guy who hasn’t missed a 3-pointer in his NBA career.