HoopsHype Chris Babb rumors

September 25, 2014 Updates
August 24, 2014 Updates

The Celtics have invited former Penn State guard Tim Frazier, Kansas State swingman Rodney McGruder, and Indiana forward Christian Watford to training camp, according to reports. With Colton Iverson signing with a team in Spain and Mike Moser likely headed to another training camp, the Celtics will enter camp with 21 players. Chris Babb and Chris Johnson are under nonguaranteed contracts and the club has yet to announce the Evan Turner deal, making their 15-man roster rather uncertain. Center Vitor Faverani remains under contract as well as Joel Anthony, who accepted his $3.8 million option for next season. Training camp is likely to remain at the team’s Waltham practice facility and not at Salve Regina in Newport R.I. Boston Globe

August 3, 2014 Updates

An NBA source said the Celtics are working to clear roster space over the next few weeks in order to make room for Evan Turner in the rotation. The Celtics aren’t expected to announce the signing until those moves are made, although the sides have reached an agreement. The Celtics have 18 players on their roster, including the nonguaranteed deals of Keith Bogans, Chris Babb, and Chris Johnson. The Celtics really like Johnson’s work ethic, but he averaged just 6.6 points in the five summer league games and shot 30.6 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from the 3-point line. The fact Johnson and Babb each played in all five games was a testament that team officials were taking a long look as to whether they would make a contribution next season. Boston Globe

The Celtics would love to use Bogans’s contract in a trade that would perhaps net a draft pick and create salary-cap space and have been holding onto that option. It is uncertain if the Celtics would waive Bogans before the season or offer a camp invitation since he has been away from the team since February. Boston Globe

July 22, 2014 Updates
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Off-guards Chris Johnson and Chris Babb may be more in the line of fire. Both have non-guaranteed deals that don't become guaranteed until October. Considering that Thornton's contract is expected to push them slightly over the salary cap, both may not last the summer in Celtics uniforms. Boston Herald

July 1, 2014 Updates

Celtics 2014 Draft Picks Marcus Smart and James Young will join current Celtics Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb as members of the Celtics entrant to the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League. They are joined on the roster by 2013 Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson, European veterans O.D. Anosike, Dairis Bertans, Edwin Jackson and rookie free agents Mike Moser, Devin Oliver and Daniel Coursey. NBA.com

June 28, 2014 Updates

Other players on the Celtics' summer league roster are Chris Babb, Latvian shooting guard Dairis Bertans, Mercer College center Daniel Coursey, French shooting guard Edwin Jackson, Chris Johnson, Colton Iverson,Oregon forward Mike Moser, Dayton forward Devin Oliver, and Phil Pressey. The Celtics will also play games against Indiana, Detroit, and Orlando, wrapping July 10. Games can be seen on NBATV. Boston Globe

March 21, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Chris Babb to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Babb, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in six games for the Celtics this season averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. He recorded a high of six points against Brooklyn on March 7 and a high of five rebounds against Golden State on March 5. NBA.com

The Celtics signed Chris Babb for the remainder of the season, with provisions for next season, similar to the deal signed by fellow D-League call-up Chris Johnson, according to an NBA source. Babb, a 6-foot-5-inch swingman whose second 10-day contract expired Thursday, has averaged 2.2 points in six games. Boston Globe

March 20, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Boston Celtics will sign Chris Babb to a multi-year contract, a league source tells Yahoo Sports. His second 10-day deal ends today. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Babb was signed to a second 10-day contract in March, beginning another trial period. This time it was different. Teams cannot sign players to a third 10-day contract; either the player is signed for the remainder of the season or no longer on the team. The stakes are high when fighting for a roster spot. “It’s kind of an overwhelming process, really,” Babb said. “I have 10 days to prove why I deserve to be there. At the same time I’m supposed to not worry about it and just play basketball. It’s easier said than done. So I’m telling myself, ‘Don’t worry about it, there’s no pressure, just play basketball.’ But at the same time, I’m a perfectionist when I play basketball. Any time I step out on the court I’m doing everything I can to do things the right way. I think that kind of magnified it in my mind. Being on a 10-day contract, you want to do things even more perfect. I think that kind of messed me up a little bit.” Basketball Insiders

Babb continued, “I’d be happy [to be signed for the remainder of the season]. I’d have that same feeling of accomplishment, but at the same time I’d still have to be motivated. I couldn’t feel a sense of complacency because at the end of the day if they sign me for the season, there’s just a month or so left, and then the process is going to start all over again. I’d still have to stay motivated and ready to work.” Basketball Insiders

March 11, 2014 Updates
March 10, 2014 Updates

Considering the affinity coach Brad Stevens has developed for Chris Babb, it would have been an upset if the Celtics decided not to sign the swingman to a second 10-day contract. Thankfully for Babb, he got the good news about his extended time with the from Mike Zarren, the team’s assistant general manager and team counsel, after the Celtics’ 118-111 win over the Detroit Pistons last night. “I just found out,” said Babb. “It’s just hard work and being a good teammate, knowing the game plan and knowing my role. Ninety percent of the battle is just getting a shot, because there’s so much talent in the D-League and coming out of college. Some guys just need the chance, and I was fortunate enough to get one.” Boston Herald

March 9, 2014 Updates
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February 28, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard Chris Babb to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Babb, a 6’5” guard was playing for the Celtics’ NBA Development League affiliate, Maine Red Claws where he averaged 12.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.18 steals and 37.5 minutes in 33 games. He is the 26th Gatorade Call-Up this season from the NBA Development League and the third time the Celtics have signed someone from the D-League this season joining Chris Johnson and Vander Blue. NBA.com

The Celtics are expected to sign guard Chris Babb to a 10-day contract, league sources told the Globe. He could be available Saturday against Indiana. Babb has been playing with the Maine Red Claws of the Development League, where the former Iowa State standout has averaged 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 32 appearances. Babb was with the Celtics during training camp and impressed them with his outside shooting during several exhibition games. The 6-foot-5-inch shooter’s addition will help with starting guard Avery Bradley sidelined with a sprained right ankle. Boston Globe

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