Celtics sign former 5-star prospect and Haverhill native to their training camp roster


The Celtics may be done making big moves this offseason, but they’re still tinkering around the edges.

Boston signed Haverhill native Noah Vonleh to a contract Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The forward was a five-star prospect coming out of high school, playing at Haverhill High before transferring to prep school in New Hampshire as a junior.

RIP Bill Russell

After spending one season at Indiana, the Hornets selected him with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Vonleh spent only 25 games with Charlotte before he was dealt to the Blazers as part of a deal for forward Nic Batum. Though Vonleh has only averaged 4.9 points per game during his NBA career, his rebounding can be stellar. He averaged double-digit boards per 36 minutes in five of his seven seasons.

Last year, Vonleh played in China, where he averaged 14.4 points and 8 rebounds per contest.

With Luke Kornet as the Celtics’ only backup big man, Vonleh seemingly has a real chance to make the roster out of camp. He’s only 26 years old, so conceivably, he still has plenty of basketball left in him.

The Celtics rounding out their roster with a local kid looking to bounce back would be a nice story.