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Ex-Celtic joins Western Conference contenders

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Former Boston Celtics winger PJ Dozier has lined up his next team for the 2022-23 season. With training camp just weeks away, Dozier has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Timberwolves are coming off their first playoff birth since 2018, trading every draft asset they had for the foreseeable future with all-star center Rudy Gobert. The Timberwolves also renewed Taurean Prince and signed Kyle Anderson in the offseason. The moves they’ve made show they’re determined to go on a long playoff run.

Dozier is the third player who previously played with the Denver Nuggets to sign with the Timberwolves as they also added Bryn Forbes and Austin Rivers this offseason. Minnesota President, Basketball of Operations Tim Connelly previously held the same position with the Nuggets, which may explain why the team has been targeting former Nuggets.

Dozier served two terms with the Celtics as a player. He first joined the team in the 2018-19 season after his rookie year with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-way contract. Dozier spent most of that season with her G-League partner when they were called the Maine Red Claws, playing six games for the Celtics.

In the six games he played for the Celtics, Dozier averaged 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 25 percent from three.

Dozier then spent subsequent seasons with the Nuggets, where he helped them reach the 2020 Western Conference Finals. After tearing his cruciate ligament last season, the Celtics won back Dozier and Bol Bol, both of whom had already been eliminated for the season. in a three-way deal with the Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs. The Celtics then traded Dozier and Bol to the Orlando Magic at the close of trade.

Dozier also has ties to Celtics legends as he is Reggie Lewis’ second cousin.

Dozier isn’t the only former Celtic to sign with a Western Conference team, as Dennis Schroder, who played for the Celtics in the 2021-22 season, is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Schroder played 49 games for the Celtics, where he averaged 14.4 points, 4.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three before being traded to the Houston Rockets .

It might be difficult to call the Lakers a contender given that they missed not only the playoffs but also the play-in last season, but it seems Schroder is more than thrilled to sign up for the Lakers a second time to play.

Schroder played for the Lakers a year earlier before playing for the Celtics, where he averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from three lap. However, Schroder is perhaps best remembered during his Laker days because he reportedly waived a four-year extension that would have netted him as much as $84 million.

Now Schroder is playing for them again but only gets $2.64 million for doing so.

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