The ink has dried on Carlos Arroyo’s new contract as he signed for the remainder of the season at the veteran’s pro-rated minimum with the Boston Celtics, according to the team.
The bad news for the C’s is that Arroyo will not join the team in Milwaukee for the team’s contest this evening on ESPN. His absence, combined with the calf injury to Von Wafer leaves the Celtics with just nine active players for tonight’s contest in the Bradley Center and only one true backup guard (Avery Bradley) at either the one or two spot.
Limiting minutes tonight for Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen will likely not be an option, barring a blowout, as the team tries to find a way to make it out of Milwaukee with a win.
The good news for Boston is that Arroyo will practice with the team on Tuesday afternoon, and should be ready to go in uniform for Wednesday’s home tilt against the Clippers. With Shaq, Big Baby, and Wafer all still nursing injuries, the Celtics are hopeful to have both Arroyo and Delonte West, who will return from a sprained ankle, ready to go in that one.
Here’s the team’s official release on their new point guard:
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Carlos Arroyo. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Arroyo, a 6’2” guard, appeared in 49 games this season for the Miami Heat including 42 starts, averaging 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He also is shooting a career-high 43.8% from three-point range. In his 42 starts he has averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 assists and has shot 45.9% from beyond the arc. In his ninth NBA season, Arroyo owns career averages of 6.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. He posted a season-high of 18 points at Milwaukee on December 6.