BOSTON (CBS) — Chris Babb showed up to the TD Garden on Thursday morning, unsure if he would still be an NBA employee at the end of the day.
His second 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics was set to end Thursday night. He had a bag packed, ready to travel one way or another, either home to Kansas or onto Brooklyn with the Celtics.
Luckily for Babb, the Celtics reportedly signed him for the final 13 games of the 2013-14 season.
The 6-5 shooting guard has played in six games for Boston, averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds. But he’s played sparingly since the return of guard Avery Bradley, with his seven minutes against the New York Knicks last Wednesday the last time he’s stepped on the floor for the Celtics.
Head coach Brad Stevens noted Boston’s depth (or lack of it) at the guard position following Wednesday night’s win over the Heat, so Babb’s signing shouldn’t be too big of a surprise.
“I know that we are thin on wings with size. That being said, he’s a wing with size,” Stevens said of Babb. “What we do moving forward, I don’t know. I love having him around. I think he’s great. He’s an unbelievable teammate. And I think when he’s played, he’s given us good minutes.”
Babb signed with the Celtics in the offseason after going undrafted out of Iowa State, and was the final cut ahead of the regular season. He signed on with the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s D-League affiliate, where he averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game.
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