BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics have reportedly signed free agent wing Theo Pinson for training camp, which tips off next week. The 26-year-old guard previously played with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report Pinson’s pact with the Celtics on Wednesday morning. He’ll be a longshot to make the roster, joining Juwan Morgan and Luke Kornet as players set to attend camp without any guaranteed salary, but could be a candidate for Boston’s one remaining two-way contract.READ MORE: Nearly 30 Million People Tuned In To See Thrilling End Of Patriots-Cowboys On CBS
Pinson had a solid four-year collegiate career at UNC, and was the starting shooting guard when the Tar Heels won an NCAA title in 2016-17. He averaged 10.3 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior in 2017-18, but went undrafted that summer.
He had an impressive run on the Summer League Nets in 2018, earning himself a two-way contract that season. He appeared in 51 games over his two seasons in Brooklyn, averaging 3.9 points per game off the bench, but was waived in June 2020.READ MORE: Astros Have To Hope Zack Greinke Can Pull Off A Miracle Vs. Red Sox In Game 4
Pinson appeared in 17 games for the Knicks after signing a two-way contract with New York in November 2020, but he only saw 34 minutes of action and scored just two points off 1-for-9 shooting — including an 0-for-8 clip from three-point range.
He’s best known as being a great teammate, according to his former mates on the Nets and the Knicks. Pinson has been lauded for bringing a ton of energy to the bench and the practice floor, while also dishing out some fancy high-fives with his teammates.
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The soon-to-be 26-year-old has played well in his G League career, averaging 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists over two seasons for the Long Island Nets.