Jabari Bird, who was slected in the second round of the draft last year and played much of the season with the Maine Red Claws, apparently will get a real chance with the Boston Celtics.

Bird and the Celtics are finalizing a two-year contract, according to ESPN. He spent this past season on a two-way deal with the Celtics.

Bird, a 24-year-old shooting guard, received big minutes for three of the final four regular-season games in April for Boston. He started one, scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds in 29 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets.

Most recently, at the Las Vegas Summer League, Bird led the Celtics with 16.8 points per game, complementing his 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He punished opponents with constant basket cuts, finishing around the rim efficiently enough to compensate for his lack of 3-point reliance.

If Bird’s contract is guaranteed, it brings the Celtics to the league maximum of 15 guaranteed deals. Boston traded small forward Abdel Nader, whose contract was partially guaranteed, for guard Rodney Purvis, whose deal is non-guaranteed, earlier this week. Teams can have up to 20 players on their roster during the offseason.

Bird had been a restricted free agent. The Celtics extended him a qualifying offer earlier this summer. Had Bird accepted, he would have returned to the team on another two-way deal.

The Celtics selected Bird out of California with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists to go with 52 percent shooting and 33 percent 3-point shooting for the Red Claws. He scored an NBA career-high 15 points against the Chicago Bulls in April.

TIMBERWOLVES: Shooting guard Jimmy Butler underwent minor elective surgery on his right hand Tuesday.

The team said Butler already has returned to offseason activities.

Butler, who missed 21 games last season with an injury to his right knee, averaged 22.2 points per game for the Timberwolves after arriving in a trade with Chicago. He helped lead the Wolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004. Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after the upcoming season.

BUCKS: A little-known hometown company listed on NASDAQ will get a big boost with basketball and music fans, with its name displayed on Milwaukee’s new $524 million arena.

The Bucks and Fiserv Co. announced a 25-year naming rights deal for the nearly completed Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in downtown Milwaukee, which opens next month. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The arena will be named Fiserv Forum and will be the new home of the Bucks and Marquette’s men’s basketball team. The arena also is set to host more than 200 events annually, including big names such as Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters in its inaugural year.

Fiserv, based in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, has been listed on NASDAQ for more than 30 years. A member of the Fortune 500, Fiserv provides technology for banks and merchants to move money around.

Until now, Fiserv hasn’t had its name on big-time venues. Fiserv CEO Jeffery Yabuki said the company wanted to “give back to the community” and having the company name on the arena will “elevate our brand to a new level.”

HAWKS: Veteran Vince Carter is the latest addition to the team.

Carter, 41, has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Hawks, said a person familiar with the negotiations.

Carter was given the veteran’s minimum deal to provide veteran leadership on a rebuilding Atlanta squad entering its first season with Coach Lloyd Pierce.

Carter, the NBA’s oldest player, averaged 5.4 points and only 17.7 minutes per game while starting only five games last season with Sacramento.

He will be entering his 21st season with his eighth team. He is an eight-time All-Star and has averaged 17.7 points for his career.

Carter was named Rookie of the Year with Toronto in 1999. Following eight seasons with the Raptors, he was traded to New Jersey in 2004 and also has played for Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis and the Kings.


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