The Boston Celtics have officially signed free agent center Daniel Ochefu, the team has announced. The 6-11 big man, who was on a non-guaranteed deal with the Washington Wizards, was waived by the club on Monday following an injury to swingman Sheldon Mac.
Ochefu played in 19 games with the Wizards last season but was used sparingly, seeing only 3.9 minutes per contest. The 23-year-old is also a former collegiate National Champion, who helped the Villanova Wildcats topple the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Following his final season with the Wildcats — which also included honorable mention praise in the Big East — Ochefu went undrafted prior to joining the Wizards for Summer League. He signed with the team less than a month prior to the regular season and made his debut during the team’s season-opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 2017-18 Celtics will have a whole new look on the court in contrast to last season’s roster.
First, the Celtics ponied up and landed heralded free agent small forward Gordon Hayward, who chose the Eastern Conference affiliate following seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. Then, the Celtics reworked the backcourt some more when they shipped former cornerstone Isaiah Thomas, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected first-round pick in 2018 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for point guard Kyrie Irving.
Boston made a deep run in the postseason last spring, only to fall to the hands of the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.