Celtics To Sign Semi Ojeleye To A Four-Year Contract

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Celtics To Sign Semi Ojeleye To A Four-Year Contract

Post by bobheckler on Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:43 pm


Boston Celtics rumors 2017: Team to waive Demetrius Jackson, sign Semi Ojeleye

Updated on July 15, 2017 at 3:40 PM Posted on July 15, 2017 at 3:35 PM

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Working on the fringes of their roster, the Boston Celtics will reportedly waive Demetrius Jackson and sign second-round pick Semi Ojeleye.

The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett had the Jackson news first:

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Celtics to waive Demetrius Jackson, avoid paying his $650,000 guarantee. His initial indication is he'll likely not play in SL game tonight.
2:58 PM - 15 Jul 2017
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The Celtics will still be on the hook for $650,000 of Jackson's contract. The remainder of his $1.4-million deal would have become guaranteed if he stayed on the roster beyond Saturday.

With the roster spot they created, the Celtics will sign Ojeleye to a four-year contract, according to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach.

Adam Himmelsbach ✔ @AdamHimmelsbach
The Celtics are planning to sign rookie forward Semi Ojeleye to a four-year deal, first two years guaranteed, per league source.
3:19 PM - 15 Jul 2017
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To clear the cap space to sign Ojeleye to a contract longer than two years, the Celtics will likely need to stretch the money owed to Jackson over the next three years. Once all expected moves are finalized (including contracts for Guerschon Yabusele, Daniel Theis and Aron Baynes), the Celtics will have 15 players, the regular-season limit. Second-round picks Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird could be candidates to sign two-way contracts.

Head coach Brad Stevens recently said Ojeleye could be one of the Celtics' best defenders right away. The forward has been solid throughout summer league, showing some potential as a small-ball, pick-and-pop big.

Jackson, the 45th overall pick last summer, appeared in just five games as a rookie. He spent most of his time with Boston's D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.



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