WALTHAM — The Celtics have signed 6-foot-9-inch forward/center D.J. White to a 10-day contract, the team announced Thursday. White will be available to play when the Celtics host the Golden State Warriors on Friday at TD Garden.
“This organization has a rich tradition, countless championships, so it’s just an honor to be a part of this organization,” White told reporters prior to practice.
White played at Indiana University with new teammate Jordan Crawford and was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons in 2008. He was traded to the Thunder on draft night, and played 42 games in parts of three seasons with Oklahoma City, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.
White was traded to Charlotte in the middle of the 2010-11 season, and he played 72 games for the Bobcats, averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. This season, White played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and averaged 21.6 points and 9.7 rebounds in 32 games.
“Basically just come in, defend and rebound,” White said of his role with the Celtics. “That’s what I think they’re looking for, so I just want to come in and play hard and pick my spots on the offensive end. But I think I want to concentrate on defense and rebounding.”
Terrence Williams, whom the Celtics recently signed to a 10-day contract, also played in China this season and wasn’t a fan of it, saying, “Now, if you go to China even for a day, you learn how to be a professional. You want to come back so fast.”
But White said his experience in China wasn’t that bad.
“It was different for me because I was in Shanghai,” White said. “He was in who knows where. Shanghai’s kind of like New York City, so to speak, but maybe a little bit bigger. So, I didn’t have any problem eating. It’s just when I traveled, that’s when I had a problem. So, I adjusted pretty quickly.”
White played with the Celtics’ Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox in Oklahoma City and said being around them, along with Crawford, has helped make his transition to Boston easier.