Babb's future uncertain as 2nd 10-day deal expires

Babb's future uncertain as 2nd 10-day deal expires
March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
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BOSTON — Chris Babb literally has no idea where he'll be 24 hours from now.

His second, 10-day contract expires Thursday and it's unclear if the Celtics intend on keeping him around for what will have to be the rest of the season.

"I've given all I got, so I feel good about that," Babb told CSNNE.com.

Although his numbers -- 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game -- don't blow anyone away, there's no mistaking the 6-foot-5 wing has made a strong impression on his teammates and the coaching staff.

He's hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chris Johnson, who came to the Celtics via a 10-day contract and parlayed that into a multiyear deal.

When the Boston signed Babb to a 10-day, one of the first things he was told was to watch video of Johnson, who didn't wow the C's with big numbers. Instead he just played hard, made a few shots, and competed every moment he was on the floor.

Babb has done the same in his time with the Celtics, approaching every game as if if it's Day 10 of his 10-day deal.

"Just working hard, being whatever they need me to be," Babb said. "I've just been trying to prove to them that I'm a good player, a good teammate. Hopefully everything will work out."

While at Iowa State, Babb was known for his 3-point shooting in addition to his defense, which resulted in him being named to the Big 12's All-Defensive team.

As a member of the Maine Red Claws, Boston's Development League affiliate, Babb appeared in 33 games this season while averaging 12 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Prior to that he was with the Celtics in training camp and appeared in five preseason games, so his familiarity with the organization is unquestioned.

The only issue that remains is whether Boston will keep him around for the rest of the season.

Coach Brad Stevens has made no secret about liking Babb, but says he hasn't had any specific talks about Babb's future with the front office.

"Know that we are thin on wings with size," Stevens said.

The Celtics' only healthy small forward right now is Jeff Green. Gerald Wallace recently underwent season-ending surgeries on his left knee and ankle. The Celtics also have Johnson who is 6-foot-6, but he's more of a big shooting guard.

"And so, that being said, he's a wing with size," Stevens said of Babb. "What we do moving forward I don't know. I love having him around. I think he's great; an unbelievable teammate. And when he's played, he's given us good minutes."