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Celtics Sign Sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk to Boost Three-Point Arsenal for 2023-24 Season

Following Jayson Tatum’s unsuccessful effort to entice Damian Lillard to join the Boston Celtics instead of potentially being traded to the Miami Heat from the Portland Trail Blazers, the Celtics have encountered yet another competitive situation with the Heat in player acquisitions.

Svi Mykhailiuk, a former player for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets, made the choice to sign a contract with the Boston Celtics rather than opting for the Miami Heat.

The Celtics and the sharpshooting Svi Mykhailiuk have reached an agreement on a one-year contract, timed perfectly for the commencement of training camp.

With a roster already featuring 13 players under contract, the Boston Celtics had been exploring options for free agents willing to sign minimum contracts.

Among the candidates, Glenn Robinson III was considered, and the team was also evaluating TJ Warren and Lamar Stevens for potential roster spots.

However, on Thursday, the Celtics made a different move by agreeing to a one-year deal with Svi Mykhailiuk, according to the initial report by Shams Charania from The Athletic.

Svi Mykhailiuk, aged 26, was originally selected as the 47th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, following an impressive collegiate career at Kansas. During his rookie season, this Ukrainian wing player saw action with both the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.

Since then, he has had stints with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, and Charlotte Hornets.

In the most recent season, Mykhailiuk saw action in a total of 13 games with the Knicks and 19 games with the Hornets, where he averaged a combined 6.9 points and 1.7 assists per game. Impressively, he maintained a 42.4 percent success rate from beyond the arc.

In his last nine games with the Hornets, he stepped up significantly, averaging 17.0 points and 4.8 assists per game while shooting 38.2 percent from three-point range.

Mykhailiuk has consistently been recognized as a sharpshooter on the wing, which piqued the Celtics’ interest in him over the past week.

The Celtics ranked sixth in the league for three-point shooting in the previous season, making him a seamless fit into their offensive style.

Nevertheless, it’s improbable that he will have a prominent role coming off the bench if he makes the opening night roster.

The Celtics are gearing up for the 2023-24 season as one of the top contenders for the championship.

After making the NBA Finals in 2022 and narrowly missing out on the Finals this past season, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue to lead the team, with Kristaps Porzingis joining to bolster their pursuit of an 18th championship for the franchise.

Boston’s season is set to commence on October 25th with an away game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, where they will face off against Jalen Brunson and his team.

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