The Boston Celtics will sign Chris Babb to a multi-year contract, a league source tells Yahoo Sports. His second 10-day deal ends today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 20, 2014
Babb, who hasn’t played much since Avery Bradley returned, wasn’t certain of his status as recently as last night.
“It’s kind of hard to judge,” he told CelticsHub before the game. “Not having been able to play since Avery came back, but I’ve been doing everything else I can since I’m not on the court.”
But he fills a need for Boston, according to Brad Stevens.
“I know we are thin on wings with size,” Stevens told media before the game. “I love having him around. He’s an unbelievable teammate, and when he’s played he’s given us good minutes.”
To clarify Woj’s tweet: The Celtics signed Babb to a multi-year deal, but after this year, the rest of the contract is likely unguaranteed. That way if he impresses for the rest of this season and in training camp, Boston can pick up a team option and keep him for extremely cheap. If the Celtics don’t have enough roster space, they can just as easily let him go (with a clear conscience, since they gave him a paycheck for the rest of the year).
Babb can stick around by draining 3-pointers, playing good defense and being a good teammate — all characteristics he’s demonstrated so far. He hasn’t shown much of a proclivity for anything else, but he doesn’t need to.
“I’m just trying to be a loud voice out there, cheering on my teammates, paying attention to the scouting report,” Babb said. “Just staying ready.”
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