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  • Former Purdue guard Carsen Edwards signed a guaranteed contract with the Boston Celtics on Friday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:50 pm

Carsen Edwards, Celtics agree to guaranteed deal

Dylan Sinn | Journal Gazette

Former Purdue All-American Carsen Edwards has made such an impression in his early Summer League performances with the Boston Celtics that the team offered him a guaranteed contract.

Edwards accepted the offer Friday night, striking a deal that will pay him $4.5 million guaranteed over three years, with a team option for a fourth season. The 6-foot-1 guard was a second-round selection in June's draft, going to the Philadelphia 76ers with the 33rd pick. The 76ers traded him on draft night to the Celtics, who put him on their Summer League roster.

The 2019 NCAA Tournament hero has been one of the top performers across the Summer League, averaging 18 points in 23 minutes per game, while shooting 52.1% from the field. His performance in March hasn't stopped teams from leaving him open from beyond the arc and he's taken advantage, pulling up and hitting shots more than a few times from several feet behind the 3-point line.

Edwards is also putting up 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and is working on getting better on the defensive end.

"I know [the Celtics] just want me to improve," Edwards told the Boston Globe. "The Celtics team wants me to improve and be consistent in every game. (I'm) just focusing in on being a good defender and making good decisions. Just trying to be consistent."

Edwards is the first Boilermaker to sign a guaranteed NBA contract – a rarity for a second-round pick based solely on a performance in Summer League – since Fort Wayne native and Homestead graduate Caleb Swanigan in 2017.

dsinn@jg.net