Dennis Schroder won’t be the only former Boston Celtics player to join the Los Angeles Lakers for their upcoming training camp. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Matt Ryan, who had a two-deal with the Celtics last season, will join the Lakers on a non-guaranteed contract.
Ryan appeared in one game for the Celtics in the 2022-23 season, the regular season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ryan scored a three-pointer to help the Celtics secure the blowout win over the Grizzlies.
While Ryan may have only appeared in one game for the Celtics, he has played 14 games with their G-League partner, the Maine Celtics. In the 14 games he played for them, Ryan averaged 20.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from three, according to NBA.com.
Because Ryan was on a two-way contract, he was not eligible to play in the 2022 playoffs.
While Ryan may not have played much for the Celtics, he made a good impression that they included him in their Summer League 2022 roster.
In the two games that Ryan played for the Celtics during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League, Ryan averaged 19 points while shooting 55 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from three in 22.9 minutes per game, according to NBA.com . The highlight of Ryan’s Summer League performance came when he hit a buzzer beater against the Milwaukee Bucks.
After the game, Ryan was emotional as he recalled how far he had come before making it to the NBA.
“It’s pretty emotional,” Ryan said after the win. “It’s been a crazy few months. I was home for a year and a half. Being here, being a part of the Boston Celtics, is special. I am just happy.”
Before Ryan signed with the Lakers, MassLive’s Brian Robb reported on Aug. 16 that the Celtics had no plans to bring Ryan back due to a roster shortage.
A league source told MassLive that Ryan is likely to continue his career elsewhere next season amid a roster crisis in Boston. He is not expected to return for the 2022-23 season.”
After dropping former first-round pick Bruno Caboclo on September 20, the Celtics still had two open roster spots for camp. Many speculated that following Robert Williams III’s arthroscopic surgery, the Celtics would fill one of those spots with a veteran center still available in the free agent market like LaMarcus Aldridge or Dwight Howard.
They finally decided not to go that route. The day after they ditched Caboclo, they filled his roster slot with Luka Samanic, the 19th overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, who previously belonged to the San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks.
In the 36 games he’s played in the NBA, Samanic has averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three.
The Celtics then filled their final spot by re-signing Brodric Thomas, who had been with the team on a two-way contract last year.
In the 12 games that Thomas played for the Celtics last season, he averaged 1.8 points, 0.9 assists and 0.8 rebounds while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three.
With these two signings, the Celtics have a full 20-man roster for training camp, although Williams and Danilo Gallinari will not be taking part due to injuries.