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No Deal Yet For Celtics, Colton Iverson?

10:19am: A source tells Jay King of MassLive.com that there is no agreement at this point between Iverson and the Celtics, despite the fact that the seven-footer wants a shot to play in the NBA.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Iverson and the C’s won’t eventually finalize a deal — Pick’s report didn’t materialize out of thin air, so it seems likely that the two sides are talking. We’ll pass along any updates as they become available.

8:51am: Three years after landing him on draft night, the Celtics have agreed to a deal with big man Colton Iverson, according to international basketball reporter David Pick (Twitter link). It’s not clear if there’s any guaranteed money included on Iverson’s deal, which will bring him to camp with the C’s.

Iverson, who played his college ball at Minnesota and Colorado State, was selected 53rd overall in the 2013 draft with a pick Boston acquired from Indiana in exchange for cash. Since then, Iverson has played overseas, spending time with various teams in Turkey and Spain. The 27-year-old played for Pinar Karsiyaka last season, averaging 11.4 PPG and 6.4 RPG in 33 Turkish League contests (21.2 MPG).

The timing of Iverson’s move is interesting, since the Celtics’ depth chart looks pretty crowded this season. Iverson will be the team’s 19th player under contract, not counting 2016 second-round pick Abdel Nader, who remains unsigned. Of those 19 players, 16 are believed to have guaranteed contracts for the coming season, while John Holland‘s deal is non-guaranteed and Ben Bentil received a partial guarantee.

With an uphill battle to make the regular-season roster, Iverson could end up being one of the players the Celtics cut in training camp and assign to their D-League affiliate in Maine.

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8 thoughts on “No Deal Yet For Celtics, Colton Iverson?

  1. Ryan Brubaker

    assuming Boston doesnt make a trade:

    1. Thomas / Rozier / D. Jackson
    2. Bradley / Smart /
    3. Crowder / J Brown /
    4. Amir? / Olynyk
    5. Horford / Zeller /

    Gerald Green, Jerebko/ RJ Hunter/ Mickey/ James Young/ Holland/ Ben Bentil/ Colton Iverson

    • Ryan Brubaker

      I would guess RJ Hunter/Gerald Green/Jerebko/Mickey?

      Would leave out- James young, Bentil

  2. If the Cs “cut and (d-league) assign” Iverson, doesnt he have to pass through waiver first? Less an issue for Iverson than for Bentil etc., who are less likely to make it through waivers. I’m confused by the d-league guys who are not on the NBA roster but are still considered to be under contract …

    • Ryan Brubaker

      Celtics can have 15 players on the roster. Whoever gets cut after 15, 4 can be assigned to their D-league team (so potentially Iverson, Bentil, Nader, Holland) However, if another NBA teams wants them on their 15 man roster, Boston can’t protect them. Basically they have to be 1 of 15 to be off limits. Someone correct me if Im wrong

      • Luke Adams

        This is essentially right. The Celtics can keep the “D-League rights” to four players they cut from their 20-man offseason roster, but they’d lose their NBA rights if they don’t keep them on their 15-man regular-season roster.

  3. smittybanton

    Jimmy Butler is going to either the Lakers or the Celtics. Not a coincidence that Boston has so many players under contract while Chicago has about thirteen. Lakers also haven’t signed Ingram yet. If I’m the Bulls, I’d want D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram from the Lakers. Then use D’Angelo to rob the Sixers for even more.

    Lakers become a team that can get a meeting with Russell Westbrook next year: Clarkson, Butler, Deng, Randle, Mozgov (Nance).

    Sixers get the guy they wanted last year. D’Angelo went to Montverde Academy, same as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That’s a three headed monster right there, and the Sixers should pay handsomely for it.

    After robbing the Lakers and Sixers, the Bulls get Brandon Ingram, Jahlil Okafor, Robert Covington, and the Sixers 2019 first round pick (unprotected). That’s enough from the Sixers for the Bulls to kick a little more over to the Lakers to make them more willing to do it.

    • jrwhite21

      You’re not getting both guards from LAL, sorry to say. Nor would you get Okafor, Covington, and an unprotected first for Russell. Lol you’re a dreamer man

      • Connorsoxfan

        If you admit both teams are getting fleeced, why on earth would they do it?

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