Recently acquired center Tyler Zeller visited Boston last week and a recent update to the Celtics' online roster suggests he elected to wear No. 44 next season.
A glance at the history of No. 44 in Boston via Basketball Reference.
Zeller wore No. 40 in Cleveland, and that's the same digit his brothers, Luke and Cody, have worn at the NBA level. Zeller appears to be returning to his more familiar collegiate number (his uncle, Al Eberhard, also wore No. 44 during four NBA seasons with Detroit).
Jersey No. 44 was last worn by Chris Wilcox, but it has some lofty history in the likes of fan favorite Brian Scalabrine and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
The Celtics' official website posted a phone interview with Zeller on Wednesday in which he joked that the trade, which delivered him from Cleveland just a few days before his offseason nuptials, was "definitely a good wedding present."
Zeller talked about bringing some much-needed size to Boston's roster while saying he hopes to bulk up a bit in hopes of being able to bang at the center position, yet still maintaing an ability to run the floor.
The 24-year-old big man also raved about coach Brad Stevens, who is quite familiar with the Zeller family after recruiting Tyler's brothers during his time at Butler University. Said Tyler Zeller: "What he did at Butler -- and just how much I've heard from him and my brother and how great of a guy he is -- I really look forward to playing for him. I know that he's going to be a great coach for me."