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Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson signs deal to play overseas next season

Aug 2, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

Colton Iverson AP

When the Celtics waived Shavlik Randolph on Thursday, it didn’t create an open roster spot.

Even after that transaction, Boston still has 15 players in place with guaranteed contracts for next season, which is the maximum a team is allowed under league rules.

With no room to add late second round draft pick Colton Iverson, he decided to lock up a deal to play overseas next season.

From Jay King of MassLive.com:

Boston Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson signed a one-year deal with Besiktas of the Turkish League, a source with knowledge of the situation told MassLive.com early Friday morning.

The team issued a press release announcing the Iverson signing last week but nothing was official at that time.

The Celtics liked Iverson enough to spend cash to acquire his rights on draft night, but did not have a roster spot to keep the 7-footer.

Technically Iverson’s deal is for two years, but he has an out after the first season.

Selected with the 53rd overall pick in this year’s draft, Iverson, 24, averaged 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds at Colorado State last year. He played for the Celtics at the Orlando Summer League, where he averaged 5.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I have a feeling this Iverson won’t balk at practice. I’m sure he will want a reason to exercise that oney year out cause.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Dang, ain’t NO Celtics fans out there on the check in but you! 2 comments before this one, and it’s like that on a lot of Celtics related articles now. Guess we really see who were the true fans and who were the KG/big 3 bandwagoners now.

  2. doublezero74 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Screw the Turkish league though. Spanish league is way cooler.

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