The Celtics have brought back old friend, shooting guard R.J. Hunter, Hunter’s agency Priority Sports announced Wednesday afternoon.
A huge congrats to RJ Hunter for signing with the @celtics! Can't wait to see you back in green!
— Priority Sports (@PrioritySports) January 9, 2019
Hunter, who was selected 28th overall by the Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 8.8 minutes in 26 games his rookie season. He also received multiple assignments with Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, where he averaged 13.8 points. 4.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in eight games.
Since then, Hunter has bounced around the G-League — most recently with the Erie BayHawks. In 22 games this season, the 25-year-old averaged 22 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He also shot 42.6 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from behind the arc.
“I worked my ass off to become the best me on and off the court, and to come back to this organization a better person/player overall is a wild feeling,” Hunter wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “So much more work to be done but I just want to thank the Celtics for this opportunity.”
Hunter will likely fill the two-way spot vacated by point guard Walt Lemon. Before Wednesday’s Celtics-Pacers game, coach Brad Stevens said he was unable to speak on the signing.
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Back to the bean 🍀. It’s been a journey since I last was in a Celtic jersey and for them to give me another chance means everything to me. I worked my ass off to become the best me on and off the court And to come back to this organization a better person/player overall is a wild feeling. So much more work to be done but I just want to thank the @celtics for this opportunity. @eriebayhawks thank you for the amazing time I hope I make everybody proud 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼