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The Celtics have just tendered a qualifying offer to Jabari Bird on a two-way contact. Bird's initial one-year, two-way deal was set to expire. Conversely, Kadeem Allen was given a two-year, two-way deal last season and will be playing out his second year this coming season.

Jabari's contract is for a single season at $77,250. He played 13 games for the Celtics last season, and apparently if he is called up to the team a total of 15 times/season, he can accrue Early-Bird rights. Only fitting, right?

The offer makes Bird a restricted free agent for the upcoming season, and though unlikely, he can be traded to another team.

Other teams are now allowed to make offers (as of July 1) which the Celtics can match to retain his services. Danny Ainge obviously saw enough positive signs with Bird to at least make the qualifying offer.



NBA teams are only allowed two two-way players that split time between the parent team and the G-League affiliate. If Bird ends up signing on a two-way deal, he and Kadeem Allen will fill those two slots, which do not count towards the League 15-player limit. Ainge will now wait to see what offers, if any, come Bird's way.

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Tom Lane 6/29/2018 10:00:00 AM Edit
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