The Boston Celtics continue to cut their roster for training camps. Having already made some cuts, the team has decided to cut ties with another player. This time, however, they dropped a player who had been on the team last year. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported that the Celtics have been without forward Brodric Thomas.
Thomas has signed a two-way contract with the Celtics for the 2021-22 season and has played 12 games for the team. Being on a two-way contract, he was not eligible to play in the playoffs but was on the bench for the team’s entire run to the NBA Finals.
After both Luka Samanic and Thomas were axed, the Celtics have reduced their roster to 18 for the training camp. Excluding their two two-wayers — JD Davison and Mfiondu Kabengele — the Celtics have 16 players and just 15 roster spots. The training camp invitees who are still on the team are Jake Layman, Justin Jackson and Noah Vonleh.
In the 12 games that Thomas played for the Celtics, he averaged 1.8 points, 0.9 assists and 0.8 rebounds while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three.
Despite not playing much for the Celtics last season, Thomas made a strong impression with the Celtics looking to bring him back to their 2022 Summer League team. In the four games he played, Thomas averaged 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from three, according to NBA.com.
His standout performances included one against the Golden State Warriors, where he had 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Thomas also had another strong showing against the Milwaukee Bucks, where he had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Thomas made a strong enough impression in his first season with the Celtics and his performance in the Summer League to warrant a return to training camp. In the three preseason games he played before he was suspended, Thomas compiled the following stats.
– Against the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 2: Three points, one rebound, one assist, 25 percent shots from the field, including a three-pointer.
– Against the Toronto Raptors on October 5: One point, two assists, two rebounds, both shots missed.
– Against the Hornets on Oct. 7: zero points, five assists, one rebound, both shots missed.
Obviously the Celtics had seen enough. Although there is a possibility that Thomas could join their G-League affiliates, the Maine Celtics.
After the Celtics waived Samanic, Adam Zagoria reported that the team had added AJ Reeves, who also played on their 2022 Summer League team, to their roster.
The Athletic’s Jared Weiss then reported that it was likely Reeves would be waived and then traded to the Maine Celtics for the upcoming season.
CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith confirmed this.
Weiss later reported that the Celtics would sign Reggie Kissonlal and forgo him, then he would be included in their G-League training camp roster.
It is clearly from these moves that the Celtics are building their G-League roster for the 2022-23 roster. While Reeves and Kissoonlal will be at their training camp, Samanic is expected to join them as he clears waivers.