Celtics sign Noah Vonleh to deal to compete for a roster spot

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics have signed F Noah Vonleh to a one-year deal that can take him to coaching camp to compete for a roster spot for the 2022-23 NBA season. Vonleh is Boston’s second signing of the day after getting F Bruno Cabloco on a deal to compete for a spot as properly earlier as we speak.

From Ime Udoka to Brad Stevens, a number of members of the crew spoke out about wanting to purchase one other massive to add insurance coverage behind Al Horford and Robert Williams. After the Evan Fournier TPE value about $17M expired on July 18th, not a lot has been occurring that entrance publicly both in free company or in commerce rumors. Just this one 7-footer named Kevin Durant, if you happen to’ve heard of him.

This means that there’s nonetheless a roster spot obtainable for a massive man, and Noah Vonleh will seemingly hope to fill that spot because the Celtics have room for two extra common contracts forward of coaching camp. Vonleh will be part of a group that features Matt Ryan, Bruno Cabloco, Juwan Morgan, (doubtlessly Juhann Bergarin) the two-way contract gamers (JD Davison and Mfiondu Kabengele) for remaining roster spots.

Vonleh was a lottery choose within the 2014 NBA Draft on the No. 9 choose, and he was final noticed within the NBA within the 2020-21 season when he appeared in 4 video games for the Brooklyn Nets. He did not make a shot in any of these appearances. Vonleh was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, however he was included within the Nicolas Batum commerce that despatched him to Portland earlier than a few stops in Chicago and New York.

His most efficient season got here with the New York Knicks when he averaged 8.4 factors, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 25 minutes. He began in 57 video games that yr for a Knicks crew that was within the lottery. Noah Vonleh’s finest profession efficiency got here for the Knicks when he dropped 22 factors and 13 rebounds towards the Nets.

Since he was waived by the Nets in 2021, Vonleh performed the final season for the Shanghai Sharks in China. Vonleh could not even make the roster, however his dimension at 6’10” will give him the flexibility to actually attempt to make an impression in camp and preseason video games. If he has some gasoline within the tank, there are worse choices for a third-string massive. This is with out mentioning Luke Kornet, who aspires to have a bigger function than he did final yr with the Celtics.

Stay tuned because the Celtics proceed to flesh out the 20-man coaching camp roster over the approaching weeks.

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