John Holland has signed a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics on Monday. The second season of the deal will be a non-guaranteed one.
Holland featured for the Canton Charge of the D-League this season, in which he averaged 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes, as reported by RealGM.
27-year-old Holland was in Boston University when the Celtics clinched their 17th NBA title in 2008. He watched the entire team parading through the city after winning the championship.
“It’s a journey, but everybody’s journey is different,” Holland said. “I’m happy to be back and trying to help in any way I can.”
Holland will spend the final two games of the regular season with the team. Then he will have to compete for a roster spot this summer as the second year of his contract is non-guaranteed. Holland also revealed that he expected a call in NBA.
“You have no choice but to believe [you can make the NBA from the D-League]. Of course I believed that it could happen,” Holland said.
“That’s what you’re down there for. When I signed up, I signed up knowing that I could play at this level and just hoping I’d get an opportunity. When I got the call from the Celtics, I’m just happy to be a good teammate and just do whatever I can to help the team win. I know they’ve done a great job for 80 games, so I’m just here to help in whatever way I can.”
The 6-foot-5 player though admitted that as of now, he doesn’t know what would be his role in the team.
“He played really well against us in the D-League playoffs,” Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, according to the ESPN. “He’s a good player. He brings shooting. He brings pretty good size for a perimeter player. He brings the ability to switch and he’s another we can add as depth, should we need some perimeter depth.”
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