On Monday, the Celtics filled their 15th roster spot by signing Coty Clarke to a 10-day contract from their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. According to Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com, the former training-camp invitee was informed he was getting the call the night before, following a 126-88 Red Claws victory in New York over the Westchester Knicks. Here's more from D'Amico:
Clarke, an undersized shooting forward who prides himself on rebounding, has an advantage coming from Maine, given that the Red Claws' system is very similar to that of Boston's.
He says Maine's coaching staff has brought out his versatility, which excites his new coach in Boston.
"I think what really translates here is his ability to stretch and shoot," said [Brad] Stevens, "and then hopefully bring some good versatility defensively."
Those characteristics have been on display more than ever lately for Clarke. During his last nine games with the Red Claws, he averaged 24.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and shot 18-of-37 (48.6) from beyond the arc.
More from Stevens:
Brad Stevens on 10-day contract for Coty Clarke "It's a reward for his play as much as anything. He's really earned it."— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) March 7, 2016
At Monday's practice in Waltham, Clarke said he was eager to prove the Celtics made the right decision to bring him aboard:
Humble Coty Clarke just trying to show Celtics "they made right decision" to sign him to 10-day contract pic.twitter.com/pMxAO49xPE— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) March 7, 2016
Coty Clarke said he'll bring "that toughness that this team likes to play with."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) March 7, 2016
Coty Clarke will wear No. 63 with the Celtics.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) March 7, 2016
Here are some of Clarke's highlights this season:
Don't expect Clarke to see much (if any) game action in Boston, although the C's could use him as part of a garbage-time lineup made up completely of kids who've spent time in Maine this season (with Terry Rozier, RJ Hunter, James Young and Jordan Mickey)--if all five are ever active at the same time. At 23 years old, the 6'7" Arkansas product is the senior member of the bunch.
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