Celtics sign guard Walt Lemon Jr. to two-way contract

Lemon replaces two-way player Kadeem Allen.

Walt Lemon Jr.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Walt Lemon Jr. goes to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks on March 9. –AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

The Celtics have agreed to a two-way contract with guard Walt Lemon Jr., a league source confirmed on Monday.

Lemon, 25, averaged 22.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the G-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants last season. He also played in five games with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 3.4 points per contest. Prior to last season, he had stints playing professionally in Hungary, Turkey, Germany and Greece.

Lemon, who played collegiately at Bradley, replaces two-way player Kadeem Allen, a 2017 second-round draft pick who was waived by the Celtics on Sunday.

Lemon will likely spend the majority of next season with the Celtics’ G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. But as a two-way contract player he will be able to join the Celtics for up to 45 days. The Celtics’ other two-way player from last season, Jabari Bird, remains a restricted free agent. The Celtics are hopeful that Bird will return to that role next season, but he could sign an offer sheet for an NBA contract with another team, forcing the Celtics to decide whether they wish to match it so they can retain him.