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Celtics make Walt Lemon Jr. signing official

Lemon Jr. signs pact to become Boston’s latest two-way player.

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The Celtics and Walt Lemon Jr.’s agreement on a two-way contract became official on Wednesday as the 26-year-old guard put pen to paper at the team’s new practice facility in Brighton.

After spending a handful of years playing overseas, Lemon Jr. finally got a taste of the NBA game when he signed two 10-day contracts with the New Orleans Pelicans this past season, averaging 3.4 points in 7.0 minutes per game over a five-game span.

Lemon Jr. really put his name on the map playing for the G League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, though, who he started 40 games for and put up averages of 22.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.03 steals in 36.6 minutes per night.

While he likely won’t see much playing time for the Celtics this season it’s clear the team sees something in him they didn’t see in Kadeem Allen, who they waived on July 15. Allen had occupied one of Boston’s two two-way contracts last season, alongside Jabari Bird, who is now a restricted free agent the Celtics could be considering bringing on full-time.

Now that Lemon Jr. has officially signed, the Celtics are left with one more two-way contract at their disposal and still have an open spot on their 15-man roster.