Report: Jabari Bird finalizing a 2-year deal with the Boston Celtics

Jabari Bird is finalizing a new deal with the Boston Celtics, per Yahoo's Shams Charania.

Bird, who was an exceptional two-way player in 2017-18, will join the regular roster to fill the 15th and final regular-season slot open after Abdel Nader's trade, signaling that former University of Connecticut standout Rodney Purvis will be waived with his unguaranteed deal.

Jabari will become a restricted free agent at the end of his deal, his time as a two-way guard counting as a full year of experience per the new collective bargaining agreement which created the role and roster spots last year.

Bird will have a real chance to force his way into the rotation with the Celtics if he can keep up his development at the pace it's been at, showing signs as a capable two-way player, if a faulted one.

Terms of the deal are not yet public, but it's likely to be a minimum deal with Boston's tax situation being what it is at present.

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