For the second consecutive year, the Celtics will enter the NBA Draft with just a second-round selection. But their Las Vegas summer league roster is expected to include plenty of familiar names anyway.
Assistant general manager Austin Ainge said Tuesday that five players from the NBA Finals roster are expected to join the summer league squad: Sam Hauser, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, and two-way contract players Brodric Thomas and Matt Ryan.
Ainge said it has not been decided whether second-year wing Aaron Nesmith will be on the squad.
Also, Ainge said that 2020 second-round pick Yam Madar and 2021 second-round pick Juhann Begarin will be on the team. Madar, a 6-foot-3-inch point guard, averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 assists for the Serbian club KK Partizan this season.
“It was a big growing experience for him both on and off the court, and it really helped him mature a lot,” Ainge said. “He was kind of a big deal in Israel growing up and it was brave of him to go outside of that and really push himself. I thought it was great for him.”
Begarin, a 6-5 forward, averaged 11.1 points and 4.2 rebounds for Paris Basketball, which this season moved up to France’s top division, Pro A.
“Juhann made big improvements on both sides of the ball,” Ainge said. “That was a big leap for him playing against a lot of good players every night. It was great for him to be pushed that way.”
The Celtics open summer league play July 9 against the Heat, and will later face the Bucks, Warriors, and Grizzlies.
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