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The Celtics announced on Friday the extension of shooting guard Chris Babb to a multi-year deal, the terms of which were not disclosed as per team policy, after the end of his second 10-day contract. Babb, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, has been with the team since February 28.
Babb, known as a defensive specialist during his time with the Cyclones, spent Summer League with Phoenix and training camp with Boston, then joined the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ D-League affiliate, when he was cut prior to the start of the regular season. He averaged 12 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals during his time in Maine.
Babb made his NBA debut in a loss to Indiana on March 1, then played a career-high 24 minutes against Golden State four days later, recording five points and five boards. He had a career-best six points on 2-of-4 shooting in his next game, a win over Brooklyn, but his productivity and playing time started dwindling after that; he hasn’t played since March 12 against the Knicks. In six games he’s averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 boards in 11.5 minutes per appearance.
The end of Babb’s time in the rotation coincided with the return of Avery Bradley from an ankle injury that kept him out for over a month, and the recent strong play of Jerryd Bayless has done him no favors either. Unless Bayless or Bradley go down, Babb should continue to ride the bench through the end of the season. While his contract nominally extends beyond this year, precedent suggests that the Celtics can, and likely will, release him in the offseason.