Boston Celtics fill final two-way spot, sign ex-Kings fan-favorite center

Neemias Queta, Boston Celtics. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Neemias Queta, Boston Celtics. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

There are officially no more two-way spots for the Boston Celtics to fill this summer. On Saturday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Boston had reached an agreement to sign former Sacramento Kings fan-favorite center Neemias Queta for their third-and-final slot.

“Free agent 7-footer Neemias Queta is finalizing a two-way NBA contract with the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium,” Charania reported in a tweet. “Queta spent the past two seasons with the Kings, who drafted him in the second round in 2021.”

Queta was waived by the Kings earlier this week, along with Nerlens Noel, after they signed JaVale McGee.

He appeared in just five games for the surprise Pacific Division winner last season. In those appearances, he averaged just 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while converting on 66.7% of his attempts from the field.

What sort of role will Neemias Queta fill for the Boston Celtics?

Probably a very small one.

Again, he wasn’t really able to find any sort of minutes for the Kings last year and spent the majority of his time playing in Stockton, for their G-League affiliate.

Queta impressed in his 29 appearances in the G-League. He poured in 16.8 points per game while tallying 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest.

There isn’t much room for him in Boston’s rotation, with Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis, and Robert Williams III all ahead of him on the depth chart. Luke Kornet will also probably edge him out of the lineup when minutes become available.

But, Queta’s seven-foot frame and ability to finish inside make him an interesting candidate for some run in the absences of any of the aforementioned Celtics big men. Horford, Porzingis, and Williams III all missed about 20 games last season, so he realistically could see some time in Boston.

However, it’s likely that the 24-year-old will, once again, spend the bulk of his time in the G-League, this time playing for the Maine Celtics.

For more on Queta, check out the How ‘Bout them Celtics recap, where CelticsBlog’s Jack Simone and I react to the signing.