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Celtics Notes: Daniel Theis Waives Trade Bonus, Boston to Make Pair of Depth Signings

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The Boston Celtics are planning on making a pair of signings, it was announced before their 108-102 win over the Denver Nuggets Friday night by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, while Daniel Theis waived his trade bonus, according to MassLive.com.

Theis signed a four-year, $36M deal with the Houston Rockets this offseason — in the event of a trade, the deal included a 15 percent kicker to the deal ($1.2M). MassLive reports that he waived the bonus to make cap room for Boston and help facilitate the trade.

However, unlike the newly acquired Derrick White, Theis was not able to suit up for Boston vs. Denver. White had a strong debut for Boston, posting 15 points on six boards and two assists. White found out he could suit up only 45 minutes before Friday night’s game.

The Celtics are also planning on signing Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet — two ex-Celtics — in order to get the roster to 12 players. The deals will be likely completed after Theis’ deal is official. Theis was part of a four-player deal Thursday that was completed at 2:59 p.m. EST — the second year in a row the big man was involved in a last-minute trade. Boston sent Dennis Schroder, Enes Freedom, and Bruno Fernando to the Rockets in exchange for Theis.

Boston will still have three open roster spots even after the two signings.

Kornet, 26, is coming off of a pair of 10-day hardship deals this season with the Bucks and Cavaliers — suiting up for a total of three games. The 7-foot-2 big man provides more depth at the 5 with Freedom and Fernando being gone after being dealt to Houston. His solid stint with the Celtics last season happened after he was acquired by the team at the trade deadline, splitting his time between the Maine and Boston Celtics.

Hauser, originally on a two-way contract after being signed as an undrafted free agent, is now being signed to a long-term NBA deal with an unguaranteed amount of years, according to MassLive. The three-point shooting power forward out of Virginia has averaged 19 points per game this season with the Maine Celtics, shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arch.

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