The Boston Celtics are expected to sign former training camp invite Chris Babb to a 10-day contract.
Babb, currently playing for the team's D-League affiliate in Maine, acknowledged reports Thursday night that the Celtics plan to call him up. Babb, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Iowa State, was the team's final cut out of camp and latched on with the Red Claws.
Through 32 games with Maine, Babb was averaging 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
He told the Portland Press Herald after Thursday's game that the "Celtics have talked about wanting to see me make plays, run to the corner in transition, knock down shots, play defense."
The paper spotlighted Babb's season in Maine in Thursday's editions.
“Chris Babb is a very educated basketball player, one of the most intelligent players I’ve been around,” Maine coach Mike Taylor told the Press Herald. “He knows how to play. He’s like a Peyton Manning out on the court. He understands his job. He understands everyone else’s job. He can cover for his teammates if there is a breakdown or mistake."
Babb opened eyes with his defense and 3-point shooting during training camp. Before he was released, Babb noted, "It’s a dream I’ve always had to compete at the highest level. It’s the NBA. To be here, I think I've turned a lot of heads. People like me a lot more now than when I first came here. I think that’s the big thing."
If the Celtics ink Babb Friday, he'll be around for the four games remaining on this homestand. With Avery Bradley still nursing an ankle injury, Babb provides additional depth at the shooting guard position.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens acknowledged Wednesday that the team was pondering additions with one available roster spot and a depleted bench. Boston navigated Wednesday's win over the Atlanta Hawks with only nine available bodies.