According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics have signed F Noah Vonleh to a one-year contract that will take him into training camp for the 2022-23 NBA season. Vonleh is Boston’s second signee after F Bruno Caboloco agreed to a deal earlier today.
Free agent F Noah Vonleh has agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics, a source told ESPN. Vonleh heads into training camp with hopes of making the roster.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 2, 2022
From Ime Udoka to Brad Stevens, several members of the team have talked about finding another big to add insurance behind Al Hofford and Robert Williams. Since Evan Fournier’s $17 million TPE expired on July 18, not much has been going on publicly in free agency or trade talk. Like this one named 7-footer Kevin Durant, if you’ve ever heard of him.
That means there’s still a roster spot for a big man, and Noah Vonleh hopes to fill that spot as the Celtics have room for two more regular contracts before training camp. Vonleh joins a group that includes Matt Ryan, Bruno Caboloco, Juan Morgan, (and possibly Johan Berger) two-way contract players (JD Davison and Mfiondu Kabengele) for the final roster spots.
Vonleh in 2010 He was a lottery pick at pick 9 in the 2014 NBA Draft, and was last seen in the NBA during the 2020-21 season, appearing in four games for the Brooklyn Nets. He didn’t make any shots in those appearances. Vonleh was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, but was included in the Nicolas Batum trade that sent him to Portland before stops in Chicago and New York.
His most productive season came with the New York Knicks when he averaged 8.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per 25 minutes. He started 57 games that year as a lottery pick for the Knicks. Noah Vonleh’s career best performance for the Knicks came against the Nets when he dropped 22 points and 13 rebounds.
In the year Since being waived by the Nets in 2021, Vonleh played his final season for the Shanghai Sharks of China. Vonleh may not even make the roster, but his size at 6’10 gives him the ability to try to make an impact in camp and preseason games. If there is some gas in the tank, there are much worse options for the third-string. That’s not to mention Luke Cornett, who looks to have a bigger role than he did last year with the Celtics.
Stay tuned as the Celtics continue to develop their 20-man training camp roster in the coming weeks.