On one hand, Matt Janning had a training camp invite from the Celtics, who already have 14 players on their roster and that doesn’t even include Luke Harangody (who has yet to be signed). On the other, Janning had a two-year contract offer from the Phoenix Suns with some of that money guaranteed. I think he made the right choice. (Arizona Republic)
The Phoenix Suns signed Northeastern guard Matt Janning to a two-year, minimum-salary contract with a small guarantee Wednesday.
Janning will be in the Suns training camp to compete for a roster spot. Rather than one of the remaining additions being simply a third point guard, Janning would give the Suns a fifth guard with combo guard skills in a 6-foot-5 frame.
Suns Director of Player Personnel Todd Quinter likens Janning’s situation to when Jeff Hornacek was a Suns rookie of little acclaim. He said Janning has an outstanding feel for the game like Hornacek did. But also like Hornacek at that stage, Janning needs to make some tweaks to his shot and improve his strength to match up with NBA guards. He weighed 193 pounds at his Suns draft workout.
I hope Janning starts rubbing his face before every free throw. Seriously though, I was very impressed with one game he played while with the Celtics during summer league. The kid knows how to play and has a lot of physical talent. But there was simply no place for him on the Celtics roster.