BOSTON (CBS) -- The Celtics have filled the team's final two-way spot on the roster, signing forward Matt Ryan of the Grand Rapids Gold on Monday.
Boston's interest in Ryan (who is not the same Matt Ryan who currently quarterbacks the Atlanta Falcons and at one point went to Boston College, just in case you needed that disclaimer) was first reported on Sunday night. Ryan is a solid shooter with size, standing at 6-foot-7 and knocking down 39 percent of his triples in 16 G League games this season.
The 24-year-old from White Plains, New York bounced around in college, starting at Notre Dame for two years followed by a year at Vanderbilt. He finished his collegiate career at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2019-20, where Ryan scored a career-best 15.4 points off .423/.359/.879 shooting splits over 33 games for the Mocs.
Ryan averaged 18.6 points along with 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the Gold in the G League this season. He knocked down a season-best nine threes against Cleveland on Jan. 8, en route to a 34-point explosion by the swingman.
Ryan had signed with the Denver Nuggets in late September, but was waived ahead of the 2021-22 season. He likely won't play much for the Celtics the rest of the way, but Brad Stevens and Ime Udoka will now get a look at a potential sharpshooter for down the road.
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