Shane Larkin has agreed to a one-year, guaranteed deal with the Celtics, per sources. @IAmDPick reported first.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 20, 2017
PG Shane Larkin, son of MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Celtics. He was the 18th pick in the 2013 draft after taking the University of Miami by storm during his two years as a Hurricane. But he never was able to find a true home during his first 3 years in the league. He bounced around from Dallas, to New York, and to Brooklyn. In August of last summer, he signed a 1-year deal with Baskonia in the Spanish League, where he was named the Player of the Month for February of 2017. In Spain, Larkin averaged 13.6 PPG and 5.3 APG while shooting 41.5% from the field. He reportedly left just about $6M on the table in Spain to sign with Boston.
With the addition of Larkin, let’s take a look at the C’s projected roster heading into training camp:
The Celtics haven’t signed Yabusele to a contract yet, but there are some different theories as to what the team might do with him this season. Since there are 16 people on this list, there has to be an odd man out, because teams can only carry 15 players. Yabusele could be stashed over in Europe for another year, but all the talk surrounding him this summer has been that the Celtics want him on the roster for this year. So who could the odd man out be if Yabusele does sign? I would say Kadeem Allen has to be the guy. He performed well enough in the summer league to earn himself a two-way contract, but those are not fully guaranteed. Larkin could also be a candidate here, but it was reported that his contract is fully guaranteed for this season. It’s hard for me to believe that they would cut him just a few months after giving him a fully-guaranteed deal, which is why I’m going with Allen over him. Due to the current state of the roster, I think it’s safe to say the Celtics are done making moves for the summer.
And of course, not even an hour after I finish this blog the Celtics announce this:
The Celtics have also signed 2016 first round draft pick Guerschon Yabusele.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 20, 2017
So now that Yabusele is officially signed, there is definitely going to be a fight for that 15th roster spot in training camp.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)