Jared Terrell is on a two-way NBA contract, so there are times where he has no idea if he’ll be with the Timberwolves or the team’s G-League affiliate in Iowa. On Wednesday, he was back home in Boston, where the Celtics topped the Timberwolves, 115-102. The Weymouth native and former Rhode Island standout was active for Minnesota, with Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose both injured. It was an unexpected trip home for Terrell, who was undrafted and signed a two-way deal on July 5.
“It’s been a couple of months [away] but it feels good to be home.” he said. “I couldn’t circle [the game] on my calendar because I’m a two-way player and I spent time with both teams, so I didn’t know if I’d be called up or not. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”
Terrell is averaging 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists as a shooting guard for Iowa. He made his NBA debut on Nov. 4, scoring 4 points in a loss at Portland. He said family and friends purchased tickets for Wednesday’s game, including his parents. Terrell, 23, said he attended several Celtics games growing up in the area, most notably when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen were here.
“That era was kind of cool for me just growing up a Celtics, being a Paul Pierce fan, a Kevin Garnett fan, being able to watch them win championships,” he said. “Just being at this level is a dream come true. I’m just taking it day by day. I was never that guy that was highly regarded but I had to work my way through things, whether it was the hard way or easy way.”
Terrell was scoreless in 2 minutes, 47 seconds of playing time, but he was a plus-6.