A second-round draft pick in 2017, Bird spent his rookie season on two-way contract and saw action in just 13 games with the Celtics. However, he dominated with the team's G-League affiliate and averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals across 20 games. Showing plenty of promise, Bird will now get a standard two-year deal from Boston, which slots him in as added depth on the wing. While he's a lock to see the court in more games than he did as a rookie, Bird still shouldn't be in consideration for fantasy purposes in the majority of leagues while operating as a deep reserve.
Bird (rest) is expected to play during Sunday's summer league game against Portland.
Bird was given Saturday's tilt off for rest. However, it appears the coaching staff wants him in uniform for the quarterfinals. In four summer league games, Bird has averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 29.8 minutes.
Bird will rest during Saturday's summer league game against the Heat, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Bird, who has appeared in four summer league games, will get Saturday off. He's averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals across 29.8 minutes.
Bird posted 13 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals across 31 minutes during Thursday's 82-75 summer league victory over the Knicks.
Bird, who secured a double-double, led the Celtics in rebounding and steals Thursday. He saw 115 minutes with Boston last season, though spent most of the year in the G-League, where he started all 20 of his appearances and averaged 19.3 points per game on 51.7 percent shooting. Considering Boston's roster is one of the strongest in the league, it will be tough for Bird to find a bigger role this season.
Bird scored 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT) while adding five assists, three rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes during Monday's 100-80 summer league win over the Hornets.
He continues to put together a strong summer league campaign and make a good impression on the Boston brass. Bird only suited up for 13 games with the Celtics as a rookie last year, spending the rest of his time in the G-League, but with a more mature skill set the 24-year-old could find a regular spot at the end of the bench this season.
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