Christian Watford signs non-guaranteed deal with Boston Celtics

  • 08/21/2014 6:24 am in

Former Indiana forward Christian Watford has signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Boston Celtics, he told Inside the Hall early Thursday morning.

Players on non-guaranteed contracts are typically invited to training camp with a chance to make the team’s roster, but can also be cut at any time.

Watford, a 2013 IU graduate, played last season with Hapoel Eilat in Israel and had multiple NBA Summer League stints last month, with the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors.

In 37 games for Eilat, the 6-foot-9 Watford averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and posted an effective field goal percentage of 61.1.

With the Pistons in Orlando, Watford averaged 8.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and averaged 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with the Warriors in Las Vegas.

Watford finished his IU career with 1,730 points — ranking ninth in school history — and a 42.4 career 3-point shooting percentage — also ninth in school history.

He was a part of Tom Crean’s first full recruiting class, finishing his first season with a 10-22 record before ending his career on a team ranked No. 1 for much of the season and a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

After his senior season, Watford played in the two 2013 NBA summer leagues with the Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers before signing with Eilat.

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  • Rkeg

    Great to hear – congrats

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    That just made my day. Hope he can earn a spot in the rotation.

  • SCHoosier

    Hope Wat gets another “shot” so to speak.

  • IUreturn

    Good for C-Wat. Wonder how much the Brad Stephens connection played here after facing off several times in the same state..

  • Derek Morris

    Nice C-Wat!!! This guy is still putting in major work! Hope he gets a good shot at it!

  • awesome! congrats! what does a non guaranteed deal mean exactly?

  • rywagner

    Most NBA contracts are fully guaranteed. Non guaranteed means they can cut him without any financial penalty. Gilbert Arenas famously made like $22+ Million in 2013 after being cut by the Magic. If Christian Watford gets cut, he’s not going to get the money in his contract..

  • So glad to hear he his fulfilling his dream. I personally will never forget him as one of the players who truly resurrected Iu basketball. Wish him all the best.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I hope this works out for him. Anyone have insight into their need/depth at his position?

  • Jakedipo

    Love it! I was worried he may not get a shot soon since his playing time was limited in the summer league… this is awesome, though!!

  • Jakedipo

    They definitely have a lot of good players in their front court… Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace, Evan Turner, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller… they also have a lot of good slashers like Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley on top of some of the guys already mentioned. If he can make it rain like he did at IU though, that extra space created in the lane is always a good thing for slashers and big guys.

  • Blair McKee

    He’ll be coached by Ron Nored (Celtics D-league coach) and of course Brad Stevens. They’ll get him ready for the show.

  • Outoftheloop

    This is a great opportunity for a quality kid!

  • Outoftheloop

    Who are the Celtic’s 3-point dead-eyed shooters? Of the players that you listed, Kelly Olynyk, their #5, is the best shooter for 3’s.

  • Outoftheloop

    No, he will go play in the D League or over-seas and get paid OK for playing basketball. Still a great opportunity!

  • FinEndNow

    Olynyk, Sully, Green and Young are probably their best shooters. Not much after that though.

  • but will he still get paid for the time he put in? If he gets cut after 15 games, he’ll still get paid for those 15 games he played right?

  • Aww yea C-Wat! Hope he works his tail off, makes a great impression and enters the conversation for a bench spot. One of the greatest shooters IU’s ever produced, and really nice size to be one. Might need to work on a quicker release, but the accuracy is there.

  • hagster

    His 3 pointer to beat kentucky will live on forever OH HE MADEITTTTTTTTTT IT WENT INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  • Daniel Coffman

    He would get paid for the time he was on the team, but if he’s cut then he wouldn’t get any future payment.