BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Tony Gaffney and free agent guard Oliver Lafayette to contracts. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We believe that both of these players have good potential to help us in the future and we are looking forward to evaluating them during the summer,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
Gaffney, a 6-foot-9, 212 pounds forward, most recently played for Altshuler Saham Galil Galboa in Israel and appeared in one game scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds before his season ended prematurely due to a foot injury. The former UMass Minuteman and Massachusetts native averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game as a senior in college. He was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year that season (2008-09) and was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team.
Lafayette, a 6-foot-2, 190 pounds guard, appeared in 48 games for Fort Wayne of the NBA Development League this season and posted averages of 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 38% from three-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line. Lafayette ranked 10th in the Development League in steals per game and ranked ninth in assists per game this past season. He recently was named an NBA Development League Co-Performer of the Week for the last week of the D-League season, and averaged 26.4 points, 8.0 assists and 6.4 rebounds over his last seven games.