Henry Thomas, the agent for Michael Finley, confirmed Thursday afternoon that his client is signing a contract with the Celtics for the remainder of the season and will report to practice Saturday with his new team.
Finley, who turns 37 Saturday, was released from the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at his request and the Celtics contacted Thomas this week to show their interest. Finley averaged 3.7 points this season in an injury-plagued final year with the Spurs.
“The opportunity to earn minutes in the rotation,” Thomas said. “And the chance to seek a ring and the chance to play for Doc (Rivers) and with (Kevin Garnett) and some of the other guys. All of those things made Boston attractive.”
Finley suffered a badly sprained left ankle early this season and was limited to 25 games for the Spurs. When he returned from injury, he was out of the San Antonio rotation and requested to be waived. General manager and coach Gregg Popovich reluctantly agreed.
“It was difficult in the sense that he grew very fond of the organization,” Thomas said. “It was an organization where he won his first and only ring. He has nothing but respect for his time there. This was a rather sudden thing for him.”
Finley has piled up more than 17,000 points since entering the league with Phoenix in 1995 out of Wisconsin. He played 9 1/2 seasons in Dallas before signing with the Spurs after the Mavericks bought out his contract. He is a career 37 percent 3-point shooter ,but that number dropped to 31.7 percent this season.
“He is very excited about playing with the guys on the team,” Thomas said. “He still thinks he has the ability to contribute some things on the court and provide the things to the team that they need to get another ring.”
Thomas said Finley is completely healthy and could be in action Sunday against the Washington Wizards.