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Celtics, Jabari Bird agree to a contract

The second-year guard will return to Boston after playing on a two-way contract last season.

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Shams Charania reported on Thursday that restricted free agent Jabari Bird and the Boston Celtics have agreed on a deal for the guard to return to the team.

Bird averaged 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists last season with the Celtics. In June, Keith Smith reported that the Celtics tendered a qualifying offer to Bird to make him a restricted free agent after a strong close to the regular season. In July with Boston’s Summer League squad, Bird made a strong impression, furthering his case to own a spot on the roster.

In 4 Summer League games, Bird averaged 16.8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists to go with 1.8 steals on 57% shooting from the field.

Keith Smith added additional contract details for Bird next season:

The Celtics will now carry 15 guaranteed contracts into training camp with Walt Lemon Jr. on a two-way deal. The Celtics have one more two-way slot available after Kadeem Allen signed with the New York Knicks earlier this week. Up next is finding a couple of players to fill out the training camp roster for the preseason slate.