Celtics waive Luka Samanic, sign AJ Reeves


The Celtics gave up big man Luka SamanicJared Weiss of The Athletic tweet. In a corresponding move, they add guard AJ Reeves on a 10 piece contract, Adam Zagoria tweet.

Boston signed Samanic to a non-guaranteed training camp deal in late September. It’s likely he’ll join the Maine Celtics of the G League once he clears waivers.

Reeves was undrafted after playing four seasons at Providence, where he averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.3 MPG last season in 28 games.

Reeves will likely hit the waiver wire soon and join the club in Maine, where he could earn a bonus of up to $50,000 if he stays there for 60 days.

The No. 19 pick in the 2019 draft, Samanic played 36 games for the Spurs in his first two NBA seasons, averaging 3.8 PPG and 2.2 RPG on 0.430/0.294/0.576 in 9.9 minutes per game. He was waived by San Antonio ahead of his third season and spent most of 2021/22 on a two-way deal with the Knicks before being cut in March.

Samanic suffered from plantar fasciitis last season and did not play for the Knicks. He appeared in eight total contests for the Westchester Knicks in the G League and achieved big numbers, averaging 27.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG and 3.4 APG.


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