Ojeyele's contract for 2018-19 became guaranteed Sunday with the Celtics opting to keep the forward on the roster after the deadline, Fred Katz of MassLive.com reports.
A second-round pick last June, Ojeyele ended up seeing a surprising amount of run for the Eastern Conference finalists, appearing in 73 regular-season contests and averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. With the Celtics getting Gordon Hayward (ankle) back from injury during the upcoming campaign and believed to be interested in retaining restricted free agent Marcus Smart, it's difficult to envision Ojeyele noticing a dramatic spike in playing time in his second NBA season.
Ojeleye posted 21 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and a steal across 29 minutes during Thursday's 82-75 summer league win over the Knicks.
Ojeleye flashed his long-range shooting en route to leading the Celtics in scoring Thursday. Ojeleye is a veteran by summer league standards, having played over 1,000 minutes in the NBA last season. However, considering how deep the Celtics' roster is, it may be tough for the second-year player to find more run despite some quality summer league performances.
Ojeleye banged out three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and one rebound over 9 minutes in Monday's 111-102 ECF Game 4 loss in Cleveland.
Ojeleye played his standard 3-and-D role for nine brief minutes as only one of three Celtic reserves to see playing time Monday night. While Ojeleye played admirable defense against LeBron James and others, his limited offensive skills contributed to a minus 14 plus/minus rating. Due to multiple Boston injuries, expect the rookie Ojeleye to continue to see minutes in Game 5, which is Wednesday night in Boston.
Ojeleye chipped in three points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and one rebound across 15 minutes in Sunday's 108-83 ECF Game 1 win over Cleveland.
Ojeleye's main goal in this series will be to chip in off the bench with sturdy defense against LeBron James. Any scoring from the second-round rookie will be icing on the cake. No one Celtic can shut down LeBron. But the burly Ojeleye can allow Marcus Morris and other Boston defenders a brief respite during the on going battle versus King James. Ojeleye and his Boston teammates will look to continue their winning ways Tuesday night at home for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ojeleye will return to a bench role for for Game 1 against the 76ers on Monday, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.
Ojeleye started the last three games of the Celtics' first-round series against the Bucks, a stretch where he averaged 3.3 points and 5.3 rebounds across 27.3 minutes. However, coach Brad Stevens is going to shift back to a bigger lineup to matchup better against the 76ers, so Aron Baynes will rejoin the top unit, with Ojeleye coming off the bench. While Ojeleye could still see a solid workload due to his strong defensive contributions, he's still not someone to rely on for fantasy purposes.
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