Celtics Sign Coty Clarke For Camp

AUGUST 21ST, 1:00pm: Clarke has signed a contract that’s worth the rookie minimum for one year and is non-guaranteed, according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). It contains limited injury protection, Pincus adds, indicating that it’s an Exhibit 9 contract. The Celtics have yet to make a formal announcement.

AUGUST 7TH, 11:02am: The Celtics will sign former University of Arkansas forward Coty Clarke for training camp, a source told Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Hoops Rumors that the 6’7″ 23-year-old will indeed be in Celtics camp. The sides are still working out details, the person said, but the one-year pro is Boston-bound.

Clarke will be a surprise addition to the Celtics preseason roster. He didn’t attend an NBA training camp last fall after going undrafted in June 2014, and he didn’t play NBA summer league ball this year or last. He spent this past season playing for Hapoel Kazrin in Israel, where he put up 19.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game. He averaged 9.4 PPG and 5.6 RPG in 22.3 MPG as a senior at Arkansas during the 2013/14 season.

The addition of Clarke will bring Boston to 20 players with either a signed contract or a verbal agreement. Teams can carry no more than 20 contracts in the offseason before cutting down to the 15-man regular season limit. The Celtics have 17 fully guaranteed deals, including Zoran Dragic, whom they reportedly intend to either waive or trade. Such a move would still leave the team with one more guaranteed contract than it can carry for opening night, so Clarke faces long odds to stick with the Celtics beyond the preseason. Still, Boston has the ability to retain the D-League rights to as many as four of the players it waives, so Clarke would appear to have a much stronger chance to end up with the Maine Red Claws, the D-League affiliate of the Celtics.

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