Matt Ryan

Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Reddish, Raptors’ Draft, Celtics’ Summer Roster, Boucher, Young

The Knicks have checked in with the Pistons regarding the No. 5 pick in the draft, Ian Begley of SNY.tv reports. Cam Reddish‘s name has come up in those conversations but it would take a significant package for Detroit to trade down the lottery. New York owns the No. 11 pick. The Knicks have also reportedly explored trading with the Kings for the No. 4 pick with their eyes on point guard Jaden Ivey.

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Celtics Notes: Brown, Ryan, Open Roster Spots

With Tuesday’s win over Atlanta, the Celtics moved to within a single game of a top-four spot in the East, but it wasn’t all good news for Boston. As Tim Bontemps of ESPN details, Jaylen Brown left the game in the first half due to a right ankle sprain and didn’t return.

“[He] rolled it,” head coach Ime Udoka said after the game. “Got some swelling and soreness, obviously. He tried to give it a go in the back and wanted to come back out and play, [but] just decided big picture, where we’re at in the season and be smart. So we’ll know more over the next few days.”

Although Brown walked with a limp when he left the game, he was able to exit the court under his own power, which was a positive sign. Udoka is optimistic that the injury won’t be a significant one.

“You would hope not,” Udoka said, per Bontemps. “He walked off by himself and then tried to go in the back. So you would hope not. But we’ll evaluate him over the next few days and, hopefully, it doesn’t seem like it. But you never know; it can change overnight with swelling and pain.”

Let’s round a few more notes out of Boston…

  • Jared Weiss of The Athletic takes a closer look at what the Celtics are getting in swingman Matt Ryan, who signed a two-way contract with the team earlier this week. As Weiss outlines, Ryan is a very talented outside shooter, but is still working on improving his defense.
  • The Celtics likely won’t be active in the buyout market, Udoka said on Tuesday (Twitter link via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe). That’s not a surprise, given the lack of appealing available options. As our tracker shows, Enes Freedom and DeAndre Jordan are the only notable healthy veterans who were waived since the trade deadline and have yet to line up new teams — Freedom is ineligible to re-sign with Boston after being traded by the C’s last month.
  • The 10-day contracts signed by Kelan Martin and Malik Fitts last week will expire this Friday night. At that point, the Celtics will dip back down to 12 players on standard contracts, so if they don’t re-sign both Martin and Fitts right away, they’d have up to two weeks to get back to the league-mandated minimum of 14 players.

Celtics Sign Matt Ryan To Two-Way Deal

FEBRUARY 28: The Celtics have officially signed Ryan to a two-way contract, the team announced today in a press release.


FEBRUARY 27: The Celtics are planning to sign Grand Rapids Gold swingman Matt Ryan to a two-way deal, according to Marc Stein of Substack (Twitter link). Ryan will join guard Brodric Thomas as Boston’s two-way players.

Ryan has played 16 games in the G League this season, averaging 18.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He has shot 43% from the floor and 39% from three-point range during those outings.

Ryan went undrafted in 2020 after spending collegiate seasons at Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Chattanooga. The 24-year-old is capable of playing the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Boston signed Kelan Martin and Malik Fitts to 10-day contracts last week. The team ranks sixth in the East at 36-26 and still has an open spot available on its 15-man roster.

Joe Johnson, Langston Galloway Among Team USA Players For World Cup Qualifiers

USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the next two qualifying games for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The team, coached by Jim Boylen, will be made up of G League players and current free agents. Here’s the roster:

With the exception of Ryan, all of the players on Team USA have some NBA experience, though some are certainly more accomplished than others. Johnson has earned seven All-Star berths and has appeared in 1,277 career regular season games. Bell, Black, and Galloway have also each played in more than 160 career regular season contests.

The 2023 World Cup will take place in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia next August and September. Teams play 12 qualifying games before then — those contests take place across six windows, with World Cup hopefuls playing twice during each window.

Team USA went 1-1 in its first two qualifying games in November, defeating Cuba but losing to Mexico. Boylen coached that team and Bowen played for it, but the other 11 roster spots have since been turned over, with Isaiah Thomas among the players who aren’t back this time around. The new-look squad will face Puerto Rico on February 24 and Mexico again on February 27.

After this month’s games, the remaining four qualifying windows are scheduled for June, August, November, and next February. While the next two windows fall outside of the NBA season, the expectation is that USA Basketball will continue using G-Leaguers for the qualifiers before recruiting NBA stars for the event itself next summer.

As our JD Shaw reports (via Twitter), forward DaQuan Jeffries had been expected to be part of Team USA’s roster for this month’s qualifiers, but had to de-commit due to an injury.

Nuggets Waive Matt Ryan

The Nuggets have released forward Matt Ryan, according to NBA.com’s transactions log. Ryan had signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the team prior to the start of training camp last month.

Ryan played at three different school from 2015-20, finishing his college career with Chattanooga after stints at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. As a senior for Chattanooga, he averaged 15.4 PPG and 4.9 RPG on .423/.359/.879 shooting in 33 games (30.6 MPG). He played for the Cavaliers at the Las Vegas Summer League this August.

Ryan seems likely to become an affiliate player for the Grand Rapids Gold, Denver’s new G League affiliate. He’d be in line for a bonus worth up to $50K if he spends at least 60 days with the Gold.

Denver used the newly-opened spot on its 20-man preseason roster to sign Giorgi Bezhanishvili, who reached an Exhibit 10 agreement with the team a month ago.

Nuggets Sign Matt Ryan, Set 20-Man Camp Roster

The Nuggets have announced their 20-man training camp roster, and with it the signing of Matt Ryan, per a team press release.

Ryan, a 6’7″ rookie forward, went undrafted in 2020 after spending his final season with Chattanooga. He had his most productive season by far as a senior, averaging 15.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.9 APG in 30.6 MPG for the Mocs, with a shooting line of .423/.359/.879 across 33 games. He played for Notre Dame and Vanderbilt earlier in his collegiate career, but struggled to gain traction with either team.

The release doesn’t specify the exact details of Ryan’s contract, but it will likely be a standard Exhibit 10 contract.

The signing of Davon Reed, which our JD Shaw previously reported, is now official, per the release.

Denver’s reported deal with Giorgi Bezhanishvili still isn’t official yet, but it could occur later in the preseason.

The Nuggets have 14 players with guaranteed contracts, and guard PJ Dozier has a partial guarantee of $200K. Both of the team’s two-way spots are filled.