Monday, December 20, 2021

Celtics reportedly sign veteran C.J. Miles via NBA's hardship exception

The Celtics have signed C.J. Miles to a 10-day contract via the NBA's hardship exception, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Boston currently has seven players out due to being in the league's health and safety protocol, while there were three more listed as questionable, are available ahead of Monday's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Miles, who's a 15-year NBA veteran, last played for the Washington Wizards during the 2019-20 campaign before sitting out last season. The 6-foot-6 wing was drafted by the Utah Jazz back in 2005 as the 34th overall pick, and has career averages of 9.6 points per game while shooting 35.8% from behind the arc.

The lefthander has been playing and working with the G-League Ignite this season, as part of the one-year development program of straight out of high school players.

With the addition of Miles the Celtics will have 12 available players against the Sixers:

Jaylen Brown

Bruno Fernando

Enes Freedom

Justin Jackson (recently signed via hardship)

Romeo Langford

C.J. Miles

Aaron Nesmith

Payton Pritchard

Dennis Schröder

Marcus Smart

Jayson Tatum

Robert Williams

The seven players in the health and safety protocols are:

Sam Hauser (Two-Way)

Juancho Hernangomez

Al Horford

Jabari Parker

Josh Richardson

Brodric Thomas (Two-Way)

Grant Williams

Per NBA insider Baxter Holmes, 113 players have entered league's health and safety protocols, including 97 this month alone and three of which have entered for a second time. New league rules state that if a team doesn't have at least 13 available players for games due to positive COVID tests, they must sign players via the hardship exception. 

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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