For the second straight season, the Celtics will enter the NBA draft with just one pick from the second round. But their Las Vegas summer league roster is expected to feature plenty of household names anyway.
Assistant general manager Austin Ainge told the Globe on Tuesday that five players from Boston’s NBA Finals roster are expected to join the summer league roster, including Sam Hauser, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and two-way contract players Brodric Thomas and Matt Ryan.
Also, Ainge said that Yam Madar from 2020 second round and Juhann Begarin from 2021 second round will be in the team. Madar, a 6-3 point guard, has averaged 7.5 points and 2.4 assists per game for Serbian club KK Partizan this season.
“It was a great experience for him, both on and off the pitch, and it really helped him mature a lot,” said Ainge. “He was kind of a big deal in Israel growing up and it was brave of him to go outside of it and really push himself. I thought it was great for him.”
Begarin, a 6-5 forward, averaged 11.1 points and 4.2 rebounds for Paris Basketball, which was promoted to France’s top division, Pro A, this season.
“Juhann has made great strides on both sides of the ball,” said Ainge. “It was a big leap for him to play against a lot of good players every night. It was great for him to be pushed like that.”
The Celtics Open Summer League will play the Heat on July 9 and later face the Bucks, Warriors and Grizzlies.
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