By R.L. Bynum
Justin Jackson has signed a training camp deal with the Boston Celtics after a 10-day stint last season with the reigning Eastern Conference champions.
The member of the 2017 UNC NCAA champion team spent most of last season in the G League with the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ affiliate, but played one game with Boston and six with the Phoenix Suns. Jackson was out for most of his 10-day stay with the Celtics under the league’s health-and-safety protocols.
The Celtics announced the signing Friday of Jackson, Denzel Valentine and Jake Layman to give them 19 players on the training-camp roster.
Jackson, 27, will be among seven forwards heading to Celtics camp, including Jason Tatum, Danilo Gallinari, Grant Williams, Sam Houser, Layman and Bruno Caboclo.
Jackson, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, played well for Boston’s Summer League team, collecting 24 points in a game against Golden State and 16 against Memphis. He joined the team late after helping the United States World Cup Qualifying Team advance to the second round of the Americas Qualifiers.
In addition to Phoenix and Boston, Jackson has spent time in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks, winning a title with the latter.