Noah Vonleh makes Celtics roster; Jake Layman waived
Big man Noah Vonleh did the Celtics‘ regular season roster, tweet ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks notes (by Twitter), Vonleh’s contract will not be guaranteed until January, so he will be paid by the day until then.
The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported Thursday that Vonleh looked like a safe bet for No. 14 on the standard roster after a strong performance during the preseason.
The ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Vonleh is a well-traveled veteran, having previously played for seven NBA teams in seven seasons from 2014 to 2021. He spent last season in China.
Celtics waive veteran forward Jake Layman and keep Eric Demerssources tell Keith Smith of CelticsBlog and Spotrac (Twitter connections) Boston also signed the wing Marial Shayokaccording to Smith, although he will almost certainly be waived soon.
It is not clear if forward justin jackson made the Boston list, but we should find out shortly. The veteran was in contention for 15th place with Layman and possibly Mfiondu Kabengelealthough Kabengele already has a two-way contract.
A second-round pick in 2016, Layman played in 243 regular-season games over six NBA seasons at Portland and Minnesota. In total, the former Maryland forward – originally from Massachusetts – averaged 4.8 PPG and 1.7 RPG on .460/.300/.719 shooting in 12.8 minutes per game during his NBA career.
Layman signed a 10-piece deal, so if he clears the waivers, he could receive a bonus worth up to $50,000 if he spends at least 60 days with the Maine Celtics, the branch of the Boston G League. Demers is another Massachusetts native who played for Maine the least season and could be in line for the same bonus.
Shayok was the 54th overall pick in the 2019 draft by the Sixers, making four appearances with the club as part of a two-way deal. He spent most of his rookie season with the Delaware Blue Coats, Philadelphia’s G League affiliate. Shayok has played for Turkish clubs for the past two seasons.