Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are about to temporarily fill two of their open roster sports. Charania says the Celtics are planning to sign forwards Malik Fitts and Kelan Martin to 10-day contracts.
The Boston Celtics are planning to sign forwards Malik Fitts and Kelan Martin to 10-day contracts, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Fitts spent time with Jazz this season; Martin played in 27 games for Pacers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 22, 2022
Fitts and Martin both went undrafted. Martin started his career in Minnesota, followed by parts of two seasons with the Pacers. Martin was waived by Indiana on January 6th before signing with the Celtics.
Fitts played a portion of his high school basketball not far from Boston, playing less than two hours from TD Garden at Brewster Academy. Over his first two seasons, he’s appeared in only 10 NBA games with the Clippers and Jazz, scoring in just two of those.
Following a flurry of moves at the trade deadline, Boston’s roster size dipped to 10 players. NBA rules require the Celtics to have at least 14 rostered players on standard contracts. They’re only allowed to dip below that threshold for two weeks at a time. These moves will keep the Celtics at that mark for now, while taking a short look at Fitts and Martin. Boston will have to either sign them each to a second 10-day contract, sign them for the rest of the season, or find new players to take their sports once their deals expire.
The Celtics return from the All-Star break on Thursday night against the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a few easier games where they can look to get revenge on the Pistons following last Wednesday’s disappointing loss and then against Martin’s former team in the Pacers.
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