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With 21 players for 20 spots, the Celtics need to get creative with camp roster

Bryce Brown helped lead Auburn to the cusp of the NCAA championship in April.Streeter Lecka/Getty/Getty Images

The Celtics have signed former Auburn guard Bryce Brown to a training camp deal, according to a league source. Brown also referenced the signing on Twitter after his agent, Austin Walton, congratulated him on the contract.

The Celtics last week agreed to a deal with former Heat forward Yante Maten, seemingly putting their training camp roster at the maximum of 20 players prior to the Brown signing. But Maten has not been signed yet, and according to a league source, the Celtics are expected to do some maneuvering during camp that allows them to have Brown and Maten on the roster at various points.


By having a player on the camp roster, even for just a short time, the Celtics can later designate him as a G League affiliate player with the Maine Red Claws.

The Celtics can carry 15 players on their active roster, and they have signed rookies Tremont Waters and Max Strus to two-way contracts, which allow players to be called up from Maine for as many as 45 days. That leaves Boston with just three extra camp spots, but teams can designate up to four G League affiliate players as long as they were on the training camp roster at some point.

So the Celtics will be a bit creative with players like Brown and Maten as they try to maximize their affiliate spots.

Affiliate players are allocated to a team’s G League partner as long as they decide to sign a G League deal. But they remain NBA free agents during that time, so other teams can swoop in and sign them.

Seven-foot-7-inch center Tacko Fall and former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates also could become affiliate players, but all the players in camp who are not on fully guaranteed deals will be making their cases for the team’s final roster spot. And there still could be some reshuffling. For example, if Waters shines and nabs the last opening, the Celtics would then have a two-way-contract void to fill.


Brown averaged 15.9 points per game and made 41 percent of his 3-point attempts for Auburn last season, guiding the Tigers to the Final Four, where they lost to Virginia, the eventual national champion, 63-62.

Celtics training camp begins on Tuesday.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.