The Celtics are signing a big man Nathan Knight to a two-sided deal.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news Sunday morning, and the Celtics confirmed it via an afternoon release.
Knight, a 26-year-old, 6-foot-1 forward/center from William & Mary, spent the preseason with the New York Knicks. He scored three points in nine minutes overall in two games against the Celtics.
He averaged 3.7 points, 2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 7.8 minutes per game over three up-and-down NBA seasons. Knight played 33 games for the Atlanta Hawks in 2020-21, 37 for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2021-22 and 38 for the Timberwolves this past season.
Born in Syracuse, New York, Knight finished his high school career at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. He is a methodical player who takes his time and likes to get to his place.
Knight is a career shooter at 54.7 percent from beyond the arc and 26.5 percent from three-point range. He dropped 20 points (on 8-of-11 shooting) and added 11 rebounds and four assists in a win over the Celtics in December 2021.
The Celtics announced that in a corresponding move they have waived guard Jay Scrubb, who tore his ACL. As a two-way player, Knight can play a maximum of 50 NBA games.
While Knight is unlikely to see regular playing time, he has a chance to compete for periodic backup big minutes with the likes of Luke Kornet and Neemias Queta.
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