Celts sign Bird for final roster spot - Jabari Bird, that is

With Paul Pierce rejoining the Boston Celtics this summer to retire, it's only fitting the very last possible roster slot left to the Celts should go to Bird.

Of course, in this case, we're talking about Jabari Bird, who was just signed to the second of two of the new "two-way" deals created under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that went into effect this summer. Those deals allow for two new roster spots for players who will spend most of the season in the NBA G-League, but may be called up for up to 45 days of game time or training with the parent club, in this case Boston.

They get a base salary of $75,000 that is increased to NBA-level pay for the days they are available to the parent club, and can earn up to $280,000 per year if they spend the full number of days allowed with the NBA team. Given how involved Boston has been with the G-League (formerly NBA D-League) historically, I think next season we can expect to see plenty of both Bird and Kadeem Allen (in garbage time and practice, mostly) taken 56th and 53rd overall respectively by Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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