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Your Morning Dump…Where Colton Iverson eyes a roster spot

Chris Jones July 2, 2014 The Morning Dump 21 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I knew when I got drafted last year that there was a pretty good chance I would have to go overseas,” Iverson said. “I was here working, trying to impress and do everything possible to help the team. I knew there was a slim chance just with the roster. I think this year there is a little bit better chance and I know the opportunity is all mine for the taking. I think if I just come out and show what I can do in summer league and the next couple days here, I will really help myself. So I’m coming along with a different mindset that it’s mine for the taking and it’s all up to me.”

Said Olynyk: “I think he’s been working hard over there. He’s playing good. He’s a big strong guy who’s going to rebound and cause havoc on the defensive end and hopefully he can stretch out and knock down a mid-range jumper now.”

Added Larranaga: “I thought Colton had a really good summer last year. Everyone really took to him. He plays with incredible intensity and physicality and he continues to show that. I’m excited to have him for another summer and help him continue to develop.”

ESPN Boston – Iverson: Roster spot it ‘mine for the taking’

I wish we had some flashier free agency news to bring you (Jordan Hill! …anyone?), but everything seems pretty quiet on the Celtics’ front. Thankfully, we’ve got some Colton Iverson news to hold us over until things start to actually materialize. Iverson spent last year playing in Turkey, posting pretty pedestrian stats: 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 20.9 minutes (according to this MassLive article). Still, as a seven-foot, 255 point center, he fits the bill for what the Celtics desperately need. His mean, defensive-minded approach should fit in well with backourt guys Rondo, Bradley, and Smart. In the frontcourt, he can spend time alongside either Olynyk or Sullinger, which would allow them to play their power forward positions more naturally. Although signing Iverson – still an offensively raw player – should help us in spurts, like most guys on the roster, he’s still got a lot of development ahead of him.

Personally, if we aren’t setting off any fireworks, I think he’d make a good ‘see what we’ve got’ roster spot this season. Next offseason is loaded with both free agent and draftable centers, until then, give a couple guys a chance.

Page 2: The NBA Players Union issues warning to free agents

Players and owners have the ability to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season, and the memo is the most telling sign yet that one or possibly both sides may exercise.

Specifically, the letter – which was written by interim executive director Ron Klempner – advised players from LeBron James on down who are free agents to use a provision which allows them to be paid over 18 months instead of 12 during the course of a season. The provision was negotiated into the current collective bargaining agreement during the negotiations that ended the 2011 lockout.

“We suggest that you consider including this provision in any multi-year contract you negotiate, specifically for the 2016-17 season,” Klempner wrote. “An 18-month payment schedule for 2016-17 will allow a player to continue receiving paychecks throughout the 2017-18 season, even if the players are lockout that season.”

USA Today – NBA union wants players to prepare for work stoppage

Wait – we’re really already talking about another lockout? This is referring to two years down the road, but I guess I assumed these things only happen every ten years or so. Not even ready to start thinking about this mess again, especially if we end up opting for the longer rebuild model and expect to be turning the corner right around 2016-17.

The rest of the links:

Grantland – Eight Questions for the NBA’s silly season - The Jason Kidd Mess

CSNNE – Celtics: Offseason Player Tracker 

Masslive – Yes, Phil Pressey noticed that Boston Celtics draft pick Marcus Smart can play his position

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  • adam

    I guess Iverson news is better than no news. This free agency period has been lack luster at best so far.

    • Curt Hays

      He’ll probably sell 500k jerseys just because people think he’s Allen Iverson.

      • adam

        LOL that is Funny. Probably in China of all places…. you know because of the language barrier.

        • Curt Hays

          …and also because AI is the third most popular NBA player ever, in China.

  • NE_Celt

    I agree 100%…give Iverson a shot, why not…unless we pick up a good big to help us out, which it doesnt appear we have many options, let the guy get some time and beat up on some people.

    As with most things…I hate when money and politics corrupt it…another lockout so soon would be such a pain and would really aggravate one of the NBA’s primary sources or revenue…the fans! And also a good point about if we are starting to get momentum with the rebuild around that time…it would figure it would work out that way if it happens.

    • adam

      Clippers just sold for a billion dollars. Nets owner is looking for an out. The bucks sold for more than they are worth. You bet the players are going to lock out and call their bluff. While us normal Joes are sitting here working 9-5, maybe two jobs to earn a living.

      • Curt Hays

        Players’ UNION will lockout…the players don’t all necessarily agree.

        • Rich Jensen

          Players/employees go on strike. Owners/employers lockout.

          • Curt Hays

            Ok ok ok, either way, you get the point.

          • Rich Jensen

            Just want to make sure the irritation is directed toward the responsible parties when the next lockout occurs. :D

          • Curt Hays

            Lol

      • jrleftfoot

        The owners lock out the players not vice versa. A strike and a lockout are two entirely different things.Yes , the players make a lot of money and the owners are billionaires. Americans always seem to take the side of management. That`s why income disparity is so outrageous.

  • bill_nair

    Colts better than anyone we have on the roster that can play the C. If we’re not gonna sign any centers id like to see us utilize the ones we have. Whats there to lose?

  • Curt Hays

    I do like watching CI’s game. The guy is so white though that his skin turns red when he plays ball. #whiteboyproblems

  • eddysamson

    I don’t get where your stats for his season in Turkey came from? I had just read an article last night that said something like 6.6pts 4.8 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game which are pretty excellent numbers actually. Give him 30 mins and thats damn near a double double.

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  • CoachAJ

    KO-Iverson-Faverani-Anthony, center by committee isn’t a bad thing especially if the cost is low. When can we trade Anthony though, and to which contender?

    • jrleftfoot

      Anthony is better than the other guys, but they have upsides. We`ll probably trade him when somebody on a contender gets hurt.

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