Celtics officially sign Daniel Theis, Guerschon Yabusele
The Celtics have officially announced two more signings, inking German center Daniel Theis and 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele to NBA contracts.
Theis has played professionally in Germany since 2010, and with Brose Bamberg since the start of the 2014 season. The 6-foot-9 Theis, a three-time All-Star, played in 74 games across the Basketball Bundesliga League, Euroleague and German Cup in 2016-17, and averaged 9.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.24 blocks and 18.9 minutes in 41 BBL games, and was also named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The first German-born player to sign with the Celtics, and with 12 games played for the German National Team in his career, Theis’ contract is believed to be a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old Yabusele, selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, spent last season with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League. A native of France, Yabusele started the season with Shanghai and appeared in 43 games where he averaged 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.35 steals and 1.05 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game. He also shot 52.7 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from behind the arc.
After he appeared in 43 games for Shanghai he moved to the Red Claws on Mar. 29 and appeared in a total of seven games for the Red Claws including their playoff run. During the five games of the 2017 G League Playoffs he averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and shot 49.0 percent from the floor in 27.3 minutes per game.
If you include Kadeem Allen’s two-way contract, the C’s roster now stands at 16 heading into training camp, meaning that Allen will likely get shuttled between the G League and NBA, as teams can only carry a 15-man roster during the season.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog