Former Boston Celtics guard Tremont Waters is taking his talents overseas after failing to break into an NBA rotation, either in Boston or elsewhere in the league.
According to a recent press release, the Metropolitans 92 have signed the young guard on a one-year deal as they seek to improve their standing in the French league after losing their star player – future NBA hopeful Victor Wembanyama.
“As a member of the Memphis Grizzlies roster during the 2022 NBA Summer League, Tremont played in 4 games for 21.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds. For his third professional season, Tremont will leave the Americas to discover the French championship under the colors of the Metropolitans 92! We welcome him,” the press release said.
Waters was the 51st draft pick in the 2019 NBA draft after impressing while at LSU. However, due to his diminutive height of 1.60 m, the offense-minded guard struggled with defensive responsibilities at the NBA level and spent most of his time playing in the G-League.
Waters spent two seasons with the Celtics, participating in 37 total games, and ending his Boston career averaging 3.8 points, 2.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds per game while shooting 36.1% from the field and 30. 6% shot from the perimeter.
If you look at Boston’s current depth chart, it’s pretty easy to see that they have excessive talent in the guard position, which has been exacerbated by the addition of Malcolm Brogdon via trade.
As such, there’s a slim chance Boston will pull from one of their guards during the season if they feel it’s necessary to improve another area of their roster. According to a July 22 mailbag from Masslive’s Brian Robb, White could find himself trading bait for a “bigger fish” just before the close.
“Finally, from a financial point of view, white could be considered a luxury. For now I think they’ll like having the extra depth in backcourt to see how it all looks together…White might eventually be moved as the main trade chip for a bigger fish but him for an aging wing like Crowder or Morris I don’t think it will do anything for this group,” Robb wrote in his July 22 column.
While Boston’s guard rotation is clearly his greatest strength, there’s another young point guard looking to make his mark this season and that’s Alabama rookie, JD Davison.
The athletic point guard was impressive throughout the Summer League, proving his ability to orchestrate an offense, press the rim and force his teammates into a high tempo – all things the Celtics need at a primary Appreciate ball handlers.
During five Summer League games, Davison averaged 13 points, 8.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 43.4% from the field and 46.7% from perimeter. Davison will likely start the season with the Maine Celtics, but if he continues to produce at a similar level, it might not be long before Boston considers giving him some NBA playing time.
And if the rookie guard can impress in the big leagues, that could make the idea of trading White all the more palatable for the front office.