The Celtics’ trade for Jrue Holiday will command the Sunday headlines, but Boston reportedly made a move on the margins as well.
The Celtics are finalizing a training camp deal with free agent Wenyen Gabriel, as first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Gabriel is expected to compete for a reserve big man spot in Boston.
The 26-year-old Gabriel has played 145 games across four NBA seasons. He spent the 2022-23 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers and played 68 games. He averaged 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15 minutes per contest.
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Gabriel’s addition comes after the 6-foot-9, 205-pound big man worked out for the Celtics in recent weeks. He played high school basketball at Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H., before transferring to Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts.
Boston traded high-flying center Robert Williams in order to acquire Holiday. It means Gabriel now will join a group of big men which is headlined by Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford and Luke Kornet.
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