Former Celtic first-rounder Romeo Langford set to reunite with Danny Ainge in Utah

Former Boston Celtic and first-round draft pick Romeo Langford is signing an Exhibit 10 contract with the Utah Jazz, according to the Athletic’s Tony Jones. These are non-guaranteed deals for minimum salary and span one year of service.

Langford was the Gatorade Player of the Year during his lone season at Indiana University in 2018, but has yet to find his footing in the NBA. At six feet, five inches tall, Langford is an athletic wing who could become a reliable reserve as a pro if he can become a little more consistent. Langford spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, logging 21 starts and averaging 6.9 points per game.

When the Celtics drafted Langford with the No. 14 pick in 2019, Danny Ainge was still calling the shots in Boston’s front office. Ainge is now serving as the CEO of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz. Perhaps Ainge believes Langford can help bolster Utah’s depth chart.

At present, the Jazz don’t have an obvious starting small forward. Lauri Markkanen is likely the club’s defacto starter on the wing with Christian Wood now in Utah, but this could be a clunky fit. Likewise, Talen-Horton Tucker and Jordan Clarkson will spend time handling the ball for Utah.

Langford could be a valuable piece for taking pressure off of the small forward position for the Jazz. Because this is an Exhibit-10, Utah can also elect to convert the contract to a two-way deal before the start of the season, offering even more flexibility.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire