The Boston Celtics are expected to sign rookie Tiny Gallon to non-guaranteed deal, according to sources. Milwaukee cut Gallon two weeks ago.
Sources say that Gallon will likely end up with Boston's NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, once the season begins.
Gallon, 19, is a 6-8, 320 lbs power forward from Oklahoma. He was drafted 47th by the Milwaukee Bucks and subsequently released on October 6th.
Here's some analysis of his game and character, courtesy SB Nations' Brew Hoop:
As soon as Milwaukee selected him, most people knew Tiny would have to play his way onto the team. His perimeter shooting ability was certainly notable, but with questions surrounding his skill (and willingness to play) down low, as well as legitimate conditioning issues, it was always assumed that Tiny would have to perform at a level that forced John Hammond to keep him. Gallon was, unfortunately, not able to do so, and so fell victim to the crowded lineup assembled this offseason.
What was never in question, though, was Tiny's character. In what limited media exposure a second-round draft pick receives, Gallon always appeared excited and thankful for the opportunity Milwaukee gave him. In the end, Milwaukee has to move forward with the personnel that gives the team the best chance of winning, and there will always be those left on the outside looking in. Hammond thought it best to release Gallon now, thus giving him the best chance of hooking up with another team in need of his services.