The Celtics have fully guaranteed Ojeleye's contract for the 2019-20 season, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.
As a second-round pick in 2017, Ojeleye's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before July 1. Unsurprisingly, Boston will keep the forward around, and he could step into a larger role next season for what could be a depleted Celtics frontcourt.
Ojeleye supplied two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) across eight minutes in Sunday's 112-90 Game 1 road win over the Bucks.
Some pundits believed Ojeleye would play the role of "Giannis stopper" in this series, but that role was delivered by Al Horford during this convincing Game 1 win. Ojeleye provides Horford with a much needed breather, especially with Aron Baynes (ankle) banged up. But don't expect big points from Ojeleye during these playoffs as he's strictly a 3-and-D bench player. Boston will stay in Milwaukee for Tuesday's Game 2 versus the Bucks.
Ojeleye finished with 17 points (7-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 38 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Ojeleye picked up the start at forward with the Celtics resting their key rotation guys for the season finale. He finishes the regular season averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds over 55 contests and figures to be buried on the bench throughout the playoffs, barring a slew of injuries.
Ojeleye will start Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
Coach Brad Stevens is resting most of his key players for the team's final regular-season game. As a result, Ojeleye will make his third start of the year. In two prior starts, he's averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 19.5 minutes.
Ojeleye posted seven points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds over 11 minutes in Wednesday's 118-115 road loss to the 76ers.
The third quarter ejection of Marcus Smart opened up minutes for Ojeleye and Jaylen Brown. The hulking second-year vet drained his first three since February 26th. It's hard for Ojeleye to deliver on the his 3-and-D promise without hitting treys. Over Boston's last 13 games, Ojeleye has received five DNP's. Expect his minutes to remain erratic moving forward.
Ojeleye offered four points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, one assist, and one block in 13 minutes during Tuesday's 118-95 loss to the Raptors.
Ojeleye doesn't always crack the rotation, as this was his 42nd appearance through 61 games this season. The 24-year-old sophomore averaged more minutes as a rookie while appearing in 73 games. Moreover, he usually operates as a defensive specialist and doesn't typically produce fantasy-friendly stats. As a result, he can be avoided across most formats.
Ojeleye delivered five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 115-102 home win over the Timberwolves.
The extended run for Ojeleye was a nice surprise after two DNP's and two five-minute appearances over Boston's previous four contests. The 3-and-D forward is still only shooting 30% from behind the arc, but has hit 40% of his bombs over his last five appearances. Still, due to Boston's strong roster, Ojeleye is fantasy relevant in only the deepest of formats.
Ojeleye tallied 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, and one steal in 17 minutes during Friday's 120-107 loss to the Bucks.
Ojeleye entered the starting lineup with both Aron Baynes (hand) and Al Horford (knee) on the sidelines. Despite the start, he played just 17 minutes, finishing with 10 points. This move was likely due to the matchup and should not be seen as anything more than a once off.
Ojeleye will draw the start Friday against Milwaukee, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
As Boston has done in the past when facing the Bucks, Ojeleye will get the nod and figures to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo Friday night in Boston. Ojeleye will start alongside Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum.
Ojeleye eked out zero points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound and two assists over 13 minutes in Wednesday's 111-103 home loss to the Suns.
Ojeleye played limited minutes despite multiple Celtic injuries. Over Boston's last 10 games, Ojeleye is shooting a modest 38 percent from the field, averaging 12 minutes of play per contest while receiving one DNP. The 3-and-D specialist has yet to improve his production relative to last year's rookie season. Ojeleye is relevant in only the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Ojeleye posted eight points (3-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and five rebounds in 24 minutes during Friday's 114-96 win over the Hawks.
Ojeleye finished with season highs in scoring and minutes while matching his season high in rebounding, as the absence of Al Horford (knee) forced coach Brad Stevens to make adjustments. It's possible Horford will return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Mavericks, but if not Ojeleye could be among those to see extra time once again.
Ojeleye received a DNP-Coach's Decision in Sunday's 100-94 loss at Portland.
The DNP is a bit odd, considering the Celtics were at the end of a five game road trip and certainly looked tired. As expected, with the return of a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, the 3-and-D specialist Ojeleye has seen his minutes decline from 16 minutes to 7 minutes per game relative to last season. Sunday was his fourth DNP of the season. Ojeleye will probably need a few Celtic injuries before he can climb up the depth chart and see more playing time.
Ojeleye will come off the bench Saturday against the Pacers.
As expected, Ojeleye will return to the bench following a start in Jaylen Brown's absence. Prior to Thursday's start, Ojeleye had been averaging just 4.6 minutes per game.
Ojeleye will draw the start at power forward in Thursday's game against Milwaukee, Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Ojeleye gets the nod with Jaylen Brown (foot) ruled out for Thursday's contest. Ojeleye hasn't seen much action so far this year, averaging just 4.8 minutes per game, but he figures to see a large uptick in minutes until Brown returns to health. The 23-year-old is expected to be matched up against Giannis Antetokounmpo, who he guarded during Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs a season ago.
Ojeleye eked out two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound over 7 minutes in Monday's 93-90 ugly home loss to the Magic.
The three-and-D specialist has struggled to receive playing time during the first four games of the season, having received one DNP and averaging only 2.5 minutes of run during the other three contests. Ojeleye averaged 16 minutes per game last season when Boston was battling injuries. Last night's seven minutes of play were a season high for the sophomore. Minutes will probably remain hard to come by now that a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving have returned. Ojeleye's fastest path to playing time, outside of waiting for injuries, would be to catch fire from deep, as Boston has a shot a poor 41 percent from the field over it's past two games.
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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