Boston Celtics alumni Luke Kornet, Theo Pinson back in NBA on hardship exception deals


New rules agreed to by the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have gone into effect requiring teams to sign a hardship exemption for every player on their team more than one who ends up in the league's health and safety protocols, and with that rule, a few recent Celtics players are finding themselves back on NBA rosters.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that former Boston big man Luke Kornet will be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers on such a deal and that recent Celtics camp invitee Theo Pinson will be suiting up for the Dallas Mavericks for the same reason.

Both were playing for Boston's G League affiliate in Portland, Maine, the Maine Celtics (formerly Red Claws).

While Boston has yet to play their own prospect inked to such a deal, former No. 15 pick of the 2017 NBA draft Justin Jackson, with the way that positive COVID-19 tests have been wreaking havoc around the league it is not unlikely that these players may end up seeing some real game time.


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