The Celtics on Monday signed second-round draft pick Jordan Mickey. It is a four-year, $5 million deal, according to a league source.
The two guaranteed years on the deal — one of the largest ever given to a second-round pick — will total about $2.4 million, a source said. That will be more than some late first-round picks receive through the league-mandated rookie scale. Also, Mickey could become an unrestricted free agent after four seasons.
The Celtics selected Mickey, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Louisiana State, with the 33rd overall pick of the draft. He was college basketball's leading shot-blocker a year ago, and he flourished for the Celtics in summer league play this month.
In the Las Vegas summer league, Mickey averaged 13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. He ranked fourth in the 24-team league in rebounding and was tied for fifth in blocks, helping the Celtics to a 4-1 record.
"I know the type of player I am," Mickey said during summer league play. "I know what I'm capable of doing."
Mickey's signing will ultimately give the Celtics 16 players under guaranteed contracts for next season, one above the league limit.