Tacko Fall is "hungry and determined" to make final roster; thrilled to be a part of the Boston Celtics
7'7" Tacko Fall playing for the Boston Celtics Summer League team. Photo via Chris Elise
Yesterday, the Boston Celtics announced that along with three other players (Tremont Waters, Max Strus, and Javonte Green) they would be signing the 7'7" undrafted, rookie center and Summer League phenom Tacko Fall.
After his very popular run in the NBA Summer League (averaging 7.2 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks shooting 77.3% from the field) Fall has signed an Exhibit 10 contract.
To get the sad part out of the way, what this means is that Tacko is not on the official team roster just yet. His contract is non-guaranteed and can be converted to either a two-way or a one year deal if the Celtics decide to do so.
Essentially, Tacko is coming to the training camp of the Boston Celtics (something we should still be excited about) to compete for a spot on the active roster for the 2020 season.
Per a source: Javonte Green has a partial guarantee with Boston. Tacko Fall's contract is an Exhibit 10 contract.
An Exhibit 10 deal is fully non-guaranteed and can be converted to a Two-Way contract down the line. It can also be converted to a one-year standard contract as well.
While this isn't the guaranteed lock Tacko faithful have been waiting for, it hasn't tamed the excitement of fans, other players, or Tacko himself.
Last night, Fall posted on both his Twitter and Instagram expressing how excited he was just to have the opportunity the Celtics are offering him.
Excited to be part of the Celtics' organization. It's the beginning of seeing my dream come true. There is still lots of work to be done to secure a spot on the active roster by the time the season starts. Gonna stay humble but I'm hungry and determined!
As Fall made sure to express how happy he was, Celtics fans went berzerk online almost immediately. Anyone who follows at least one Celtics related Twitter account had their timeline spammed with the news. It got to a point where the buzz was so big that even the Celtics themselves had to tweet about it.
Some might be going out of their way to tame all of this enthusiasm for the Celtics' acquisition of the 23-year-old, but there's nothing wrong with showing support for the young athlete in the next step of his journey.
Discovered in Senegal at the age of 16, Tacko came to the United States and pursued a career in basketball. After playing for numerous high schools in the span of just a few years, Fall made his way to the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he played for the Knights.
Although he may not be on the active roster yet, Tacko is committed to doing whatever he can to make one of those coveted roster spots before the season starts in October. All we can do at the moment is hope that the organization can refine his skills and athleticism to a point where he is not only on a roster but an effective NBA player.
For now, let's just take a minute with the highlights we already have of Tacko Fall. Enjoy.