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Colton Iverson signs with Turkish team

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 26, 2013 Celtics News, Colton Iverson 9 Comments

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Colton Iverson, the bruising center selected by the Celtics in the second round of this year’s draft, is going to Turkey.

Boston Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson has signed with Besiktas of the Turkish League, the team announced Friday.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reportedthat Iverson signed a contract for two years with an out after the first season. One source with knowledge of the situation disputed the details of that report, saying “it is not accurate” and suggesting more will be known in the next week.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.  The C’s like him and traded into the second round of the draft to get him, but they have too many players and not enough money to keep him.  So they’ll tuck him overseas for a season, where he’ll make more money than he would have in Boston, and then when they have more room next season (the team holds the options over the next two years on Fab Melo. Just sayin’), they can bring him back.  He’ll also get some good experience playing against some decent players, so it’s a win-win.

Of course, it might not be as much of a win as we think for Iverson, who had said he wasn’t 100% thrilled with the idea of playing overseas.  He’s got to go live in Turkey for the better part of a year… which isn’t ideal.  But that’s how it goes.  Some guys go kicking and screaming and then love the experience.

Some details of the signing still need to be ironed out.  For now, this solves a little problem for the Celtics because they get to hold on to Iverson’s rights without paying him.  They still have too many players and they’re still over the tax threshold, so Danny Ainge has a lot of work to do this summer.  Getting one of these orders of business off his plate must be nice.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    He’ll get better experience (& more dough) over there than he would taking Fab’s minutes up in Maine. Supposedly the Turkish league is pretty good competition, he’ll be going against Semih Erden …

  • Adam Stark

    Now to just get rid of Melo, Crawford, Lee, Bogens, Bass, Wallace and Humpfries. I’d love to trade for expiring contracts like Danny Granger, Gortat, Ben Gordon or Luke Ridanour.

    • MrCuret

      I’d keep Gortat if the C’s could get him on a trade. He’s a good center who’s just stuck in a bad situation in Phoenix. Playing with Rondo would do wonders for him, plus he’s only 28 yrs old

  • KGino

    After watching Summer league, this kid is nothing to even concern ourselves with. Unless he improves his game by LEAPS and BOUNDS he will never have a long career in the NBA

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    I’ll definitely keep his name in mind as I also cover Euroleague on my blog too.

  • Jester00

    Ever been to a Turkish prison?

  • CoachAJ

    Good for him, and solves one of the bubble guy problems we have now, we move to do we place Smith or Pressey as the 3rd string PG(2nd I believe is Lee). And can we move Wallace or Humpries/Bass/Crawford. A couple of trades are now needed to both get below 15 players and 70 million.

    • eddysamson

      Who the hell is Smith?!?!?

      • CoachAJ

        Nolan Smith PG