Just when you thought Danny Ainge was done shaping his roster, especially after the announcement of Gordon Hayward officially signing his 4-year, $128 million max deal on Friday, the Celtics reportedly have waived Demetrius Jackson and signed 2017 second-round draft pick Semi Ojeleye.
The Celtics, who waived Jordan Mickey late Thursday night as a final move to sign Hayward, had until end of Saturday to make a decision on Jackson, who already made $650,000 of guaranteed money from his $1.35 million salary. Waiving the 2016 second-round pick (45th overall), saves the C's the remaining $734,750 they would have still owed Jackson.
The move also creates a final roster spot to sign forward Semi Ojeleye, who was the 37th overall pick in last month's draft, which brings the Celtics to a total of 15 signed players, including six rookies.CORRECTION: Some idiot (that would be me) read the contract wrong. Jackson gets the $650G. Celts don't have to pay remaining $734,750.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 15, 2017
“I think what he’s doing translates,” Stevens said when asked about Ojeleye’s play in the Summer League. “His flexibility defensively is going to be enormous. I think that he will compete to be one of our better defenders right out the gate.”The Celtics are planning to sign rookie forward Semi Ojeleye to a four-year deal, first two years guaranteed, per league source.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 15, 2017
6-foot-7 Ojeleye is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games for the Celtics so far this summer.
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