UNC Basketball Alumni: Theo Pinson signs training camp deal

Former UNC Basketball standout Theo Pinson will have the chance to improve a coaching staff in the coming weeks and earn a spot on an NBA roster.

After spending three seasons in New York, Pinson is staying in the NBA’s Atlantic Division for at lest this training camp. The former UNC forward has agreed to join the Boston Celtics on a training camp deal.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news on Wednesday, ahead of the start of training camp for the Celtics:

The 25-year-old Pinson played four seasons at North Carolina, helping lead the Tar Heels to a national championship in 2017. He went undrafted in 2018 but quickly caught on with the Brooklyn Nets, joining their G-League team. Pinson appeared in 51 total games in two years for the Nets averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in those games.

Last season, Pinson made the move across New York City and joined the Knicks for one season.

In that lone year, Pinson appeared in 17 games but averaged just 2 minutes per game. He was not brought back by the organization and is now looking to find a new home in the NBA. Boston could be an interesting landing spot for Pinson as a bench guy.

Under Brad Stevens, the Celtics haven’t really lived up to the hype despite having a star in Jayson Tatum, and making other moves to acquire players like Kemba Walker and Al Horford.

Pinson may have a tough time cracking the roster, however. Boston is pretty deep at the wing and it might take a big time performance for him to impress coaches and earn a spot. He does have one more year of Two-Way eligibility left on his contract and he could be signed to a G-League deal with Boston’s affiliate after camp.

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