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Celtics re-sign 25-year-old forward: report

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Amidst all the other hype currently going on at the Boston Celtics, the team has finally completed their training camp roster. CelticsBlog’s Keith Smith reported that the Celtics have added Brodric Thomas to their training camp roster.

Thomas signed a two-way contract with the Celtics last year. In the 12 games he played for them, 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. Being on a two-way contract, Thomas was never eligible to play in the playoffs.

Thomas played for the Celtics during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League. 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. That included a standout performance against the Golden State Warriors, where he had 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.

With Thomas on board, the Celtics now have 20 players in their training camp roster, which means they’re working at full capacity. Although Robert Williams III will be out due to arthroscopic knee surgery, Danilo Gallinari will be rehabilitating his torn cruciate ligament.

After giving up Bruno Caboclo, the Celtics quickly filled his spot when they signed former first-round pick Luka Samanic to their training camp roster, CLNS Media’s Bobby Manning reported.

After being drafted 19th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2019 NBA draft, Samanic spent two years with the team, averaging 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists while averaging 43 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three shot. Samanic was then waived by Spurs before the 2021-22 season was due to begin.

Samanic would later sign a two-way contract with the New York Knicks. Although Samanic never appeared in a game for the Knicks, he did play seven games with their G-League affiliates, the Westchester Knicks. In those seven games, Samanic averaged 27.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 54.9 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three, according to the Basketball-Reference.

The Knicks later waived Samanic on March 17.

After announcing that Williams would be missing time due to his surgery, many speculated that the Celtics would add a more proven giant in the free agent market such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard or Hassan Whiteside, among others.

However, The Athletic’s Jay King reported that the Celtics had no plans to do so. Instead they planned to sign a young Big to fight for a roster spot – King’s report came before the addition of Samanic was announced.

Since then, the Celtics have announced that Williams will be out longer than initially reported as the timeframe for his return has been extended to eight to 12 weeks from four to six weeks.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn added that he believes Williams will not play for the remainder of 2022.

With this latest update, the Celtics may need to consider changing their mindset by not adding a big free agent who’s a bit more tried and true. Not only are they waiting for one of their younger bigs to prove themselves, they might be waiting for more proven bigs to be enacted down the line that could help them out.

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