Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Celtics sign Neemias Queta to standard NBA contract ahead of playoffs

The Celtics have signed two-way big man Neemias Queta to a full NBA contract, the team announced Monday night.

The signing officially filled Boston's last open roster spot just in time for the 2024 playoffs, which Queta is now eligible to participate in after completing the multi-year deal -- according to MassLive -- which the terms were not disclosed per team policy.

The seven-foot big man from Lisbon, Portugal, signed a two-way contract with the Celtics back in September after being waived by the Sacramento Kings -- who elected to keep newly signed JaVale McGee instead -- splitting time between Boston and the Maine Celtics of the G League.

In 26 games played for Boston, Queta has averaged 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest in 11.4 minutes -- providing front court depth behind Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford and Luke Kornet.

While Queta has only appeared in four games since the All-Star break with the arrival of Xavier Tillman in a deadline trade, his most memorable performance was a 14-point, 12 rebound game in a 145-108 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles back during a west road trip in late December.

Queta has also been crucial for the Maine Celtics, who are G League Finals bound, as he has put up 14.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in over eight contests. His latest double of 16 points, 19 rebounds this past weekend in a win over the Long Island Nets, clinched the franchise's first Finals berth.

Maine opens up against Oklahoma City Blue in the G League Finals on Tuesday night in a best-of-three series, while the Boston Celtics have four regular season games remaining before the playoffs begin.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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