The Boston Celtics are in need of big men and last year’s second-round pick Colton Iverson figured to be competing for playing time this upcoming season. Just a couple months ago, the 25-year-old center seemed focused and inspired of making his dreams of playing in the NBA come true. Apparently those dreams will have to wait another year. According to a report by WEEI Tuesday, Iverson has signed a one-year deal with Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.
Iverson’s agent, Ben Pensack, confirmed the news and labeled it as a “great opportunity for his client.” The Celtics currently have Tyler Zeller, veteran Joel Anthony and second-year player Vitor Faverani at the center position. Iverson figured to be in competition for playing time, but felt he needed further development.
The Celtics selected Iverson with the No. 53 pick overall last season. The product out of Colorado State played his rookie season in Turkey. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.4 minutes played. The Celtics noted his improvement during the summer league. Iverson averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in the five games he played in July, but saw his changes of cracking the team’s current 18-man roster very dim.
Boston will continue to maintain Iverson’s NBA rights and if he feels his improvement is enough, he will attempt to make the 2015-15 roster. Although the team has 18 players under contract, the center position is suspect. Zeller is a promising big man, but behind him there remains question marks. Faverani is currently recovering from surgery on his knee and his recent DUI arrest leaves his future with the team uncertain. Anthony is an adequate backup, but it looks like the team will try to trade him to a contending team.
The Celtics also have an undersized Brandon Bass who can play the position. Like Anthony, the Celtics are also trying hard to trade Bass. There are rumblings that the team may try to pursue Greg Monroe or Roy Hibbert. Obtaining either play may require trading Jeff Green or Rajon Rondo. The Celtics also have a number of draft picks and young players they can package in a potential deal.