Boston Celtics agree to deals with five players

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The Boston Celtics agreed to deals with five players, including three picks from the 2016 NBA Draft on Wednesday, the team announced in a press release.

Free agent guard Gerald Green agreed to a one-year deal, center Tyler Zeller re-signed for two years, and forward Jaylen Brown, guard Demetrius Jackson, and forward Ben Bentil, all signed contracts. Per club policy, the terms of deals were not disclosed.

Green, 30, was originally drafted by the Celtics with the 18th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. After spending two seasons in Beantown, the swingman has had stints with the Timberwolves, Rockets, Mavericks, Nets, Pacers, Suns, and Heat the last seven seasons. In 69 games (14 starts) for Miami last season, Green averaged 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per contest.

Zeller, 26, was the Mavericks’ first round pick (17th overall) in the 2012 draft but was traded on draft night to the Cavaliers. After two seasons in Cleveland, Zeller was sent to Boston as part of a three-team deal with the Nets and Cavaliers. In his two years with the Celtics, the seven-foot center has averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 142 games (62 starts).

Brown, 19, was the Celtics’ first-round pick (third overall) in this year’s draft. The University of California product looked strong in his lone college season, posting totals of 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in 34 contests, earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honours. The Celtics were rumored to be shopping their No.3 pick leading up to the draft but elected to hold it and draft Brown, who figures to be a strong two-way guard.

Jackson, 21, was the 45th overall pick in the second round of this year’s draft. He averaged 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 36.1 minutes per game for the University of Notre Dame last season. The 6-foot-1 Jackson is a two-time Notre Dame Outstanding Playmaker Award winner.

Finally, the 21-year-old Ghana native Bentil, who was the Celtics’ second-round pick (51st overall) has also signed a deal. He played for Providence College, where he was an AP Honorable Mention All-American, a First-team All-Big East (2016) and Big East Most Improved Player last season.

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