Celtics sign Damion Lee, Jalen Jones

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The Celtics preseason roster is so flush, R.J. Hunter and James Young are battling for a regular-season roster spot despite their talent, youth and guaranteed salaries.

Boston is still adding to the crowd.


The Boston Celtics have signed Jalen Jones and Damion Lee.

Lee (Louisville) and Jones (Texas A&M) both went undrafted. They likely received small guarantees designed to compensate for low D-League salaries. In the the likely event they waive the pair, the Celtics can assign Jones’ and Lee’s D-League rights to Boston’s affiliate.

Still, by getting to training camp, Jones and Lee give themselves a chance to impress – say if the Celtics make a roster-clearing trade (though No. 51 pick Ben Bentil starts with the upper hand).

Lee transferred from Drexel and is the higher-regarded prospect. He’s a plus perimeter shooter with penetrating skills to attack closeouts. But the 6-foot-6 wing will turn 24 before the season.

A half year younger, Jones also transferred, from Southern Methodist. A 6-foot-7 small forward with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, he has a body to play in the NBA if he develops. But he’ll need to do more than score inside – like shoot from outside and pass.