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Celtics waive Luka Samanic, sign AJ Reeves to Exhibit 10 contract

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Celtics waive Luka Samanic, sign AJ Reeves to Exhibit 10 contract
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The Boston Celtics are waiving forward Luka Samanic and signing guard AJ Reeves to an Exhibit 10 contract. Two other players inked Exhibit 10 contracts during the offseason: forward Jake Layman and guard Brodric Thomas.

If Samanic signs a contract with the Maine Celtics — the team’s NBA G League affiliate — and remains with the team for at least 60 days, he will receive a bonus worth up to $50,000.

According to a few NBA betting sites, the Celtics are the favorites to win the championship in 2023. However, some sportsbooks are still confident in the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. Feel free to compare the odds.

Forwards Noah Vonleh and Justin Jackson are currently signed to Exhibit 9 contracts. Of course, this news comes one week after free agent forward/center Blake Griffin inked a one-year, $2.91 million deal with the C’s.

Moreover, Samanic was selected 19th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2019 NBA Draft. In 36 career games, the 6’10” Croatian averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest.

In September, Samanic signed a two-way contract with the Celtics. The 22-year-old wing fell short during training camp. Now, another team will likely pick him up.

Celtics waive forward Luka Samanic and sign guard AJ Reeves to an Exhibit 10 contract

As for AJ Reeves, the 6’6″ guard went undrafted out of Providence. Through 107 career NCAA appearances, Reeves averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 boards, and 1.4 assists. Plus, he shot 37.8% from the floor and 35.4% from beyond the arc.

During his freshman 2018-19 season, the Massachusetts native logged 9.8 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal per game in 25 appearances. Not to mention, he shot 42.3% from the field and an impressive 38.1% from 3-point range.

Offensively, the guard’s best game in the NCAA was his first performance. On November 6, 2018, in Providence’s 77-67 win over Siena, Reeves scored a career-high 29 points in 30 minutes of action.

He finished 10-of-13 (76.9%) shooting from the field and 7-of-9 (77.8%) from downtown. For a young freshman, this was an amazing effort. The guard has to bring this same level of energy to the Celtics and/or their G League affiliate.

In the following season, Reeves recorded 7.4 points, 3.1 boards, and 1.2 assists in 28 games played. He scored a season-high 22 points in Providence’s 73-56 win against Creighton in February 2020.

Furthermore, in 26 starts of his junior 2020-21 season, the guard averaged 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1 steal per contest. He also averaged a career-high 31.5 minutes played per game.

Then, during his senior season, Reeves averaged career highs of 9.9 points and 2 assists per contest. He finished 10th in the Big East for made 3-pointers (60) and fifth in turnover percentage (8.3%).

Guard J.D. Davison and wing Mfiondu Kabengele occupy the Celtics’ two-way spots. Nonetheless, AJ Reeves just wants the chance to play. The 23-year-old is thrilled to sign any deal with an NBA team.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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