Tuesday, July 31, 2012
C's announce four signings
By Chris Forsberg
The Boston Celtics formally announced the signings of Keyon Dooling, Jason Collins, Jamar Smith, and Dionte Christmas on Tuesday.
All four moves were previously known. The only player left to formally be signed and announced is Jeff Green, whose deal has been termed "imminent" for the better part of the month (though both the team and player's representatives have remained steadfast a deal will eventually get done).
Dooling, who averaged 4 points and 1.1 assist in 14.4 minutes per game last season, is back on a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. Said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge: "Keyon’s veteran leadership was a very welcome addition to our locker room last season. His infectious energy both on and off the court is a great asset for this team.”
Collins, an 11-year veteran most recently with the Atlanta Hawks, is on a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. Said Ainge: "Jason’s ability to defend in the post will be a great addition to this team."
Christmas and Smith have partial guarantees on minimum-contract deals in hopes of earning a roster spot at training camp.
Team bios on all four players are after the jump.
Dooling, a 6’3” guard, averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 assist in 14.4 minutes per game for the Celtics last season. During the playoffs Dooling shot 39.3% from beyond the three-point line which was tops on the team. Dooling netted a season-high 18 points at Miami on December 27 which included four three-pointers. The 12-year vet out of the University of Missouri has career averages of 7.0 points and 2.2 assists in 19.5 minutes per game split between Boston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Orlando, Miami and the LA Clippers.
Collins, a 7’0” center, averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game last season with the Atlanta Hawks. The 11-year veteran from Stanford University has posted career averages of 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game. Collins recorded season-highs of eight points, seven rebounds and four assists against the Celtics on April 20 last season. Collins was a member of the New Jersey Nets teams that appeared in the NBA Finals during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Smith, a 6’3” guard, appeared in 44 games last season for BK Prostov in the Czech Republic and averaged 14.8 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 39.3% from three-point territory during league games. Smith also appeared in two games during EuroCup qualifications and in six games of the EuroChallenge. Smith played for the Celtics during the 2012 Orlando Summer League and averaged 9.2 points while shooting 45.0% from three. Smith was previously with the Celtics during training camp prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Smith previously played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He played collegiately for the University of Illinois and the University of Southern Indiana.
Christmas, a 6’5” guard, appeared in 26 games during the 2011-12 season for AGO Rethymno Aegean in Greece and averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 36.0% from three point territory and 46.3% from the field overall. He was an Honorable Mention All-American at Temple during his senior year (2008-09) and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Christmas played for the Celtics during their 2012 Summer League teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.