Colton Iverson Rumors

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A Celtics contingent that included director of scouting Dave Lewin and international scout Benas Matkevicius flew to Spain last month to check on Iverson and formally invite him to join the team’s summer squad again. They watched him practice, then took him to dinner to discuss the state of the team and the role he’d be competing for moving forward. Said Iverson: “We essentially agree on everything that I need to do to make it happen.”
After a critical Euroleague win over Unicaja Málaga last Friday, Iverson told LosCrossovers he plans to join the Celtics for Summer League again this offseason. He and his agent have stayed in contact with Celtics’ representatives throughout the year, and Iverson said he’s encouraged by the team’s commitment. “I know they’ve been following me all year, all last year too, and it’s just good to know that they’re still investing in me by watching me and keeping track of me,” Iverson said. “It’s good to know they’re still in it.”
The Celtics have invited former Penn State guard Tim Frazier, Kansas State swingman Rodney McGruder, and Indiana forward Christian Watford to training camp, according to reports. With Colton Iverson signing with a team in Spain and Mike Moser likely headed to another training camp, the Celtics will enter camp with 21 players. Chris Babb and Chris Johnson are under nonguaranteed contracts and the club has yet to announce the Evan Turner deal, making their 15-man roster rather uncertain. Center Vitor Faverani remains under contract as well as Joel Anthony, who accepted his $3.8 million option for next season. Training camp is likely to remain at the team’s Waltham practice facility and not at Salve Regina in Newport R.I.
Celtics 2014 Draft Picks Marcus Smart and James Young will join current Celtics Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb as members of the Celtics entrant to the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League. They are joined on the roster by 2013 Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson, European veterans O.D. Anosike, Dairis Bertans, Edwin Jackson and rookie free agents Mike Moser, Devin Oliver and Daniel Coursey.
Other players on the Celtics’ summer league roster are Chris Babb, Latvian shooting guard Dairis Bertans, Mercer College center Daniel Coursey, French shooting guard Edwin Jackson, Chris Johnson, Colton Iverson,Oregon forward Mike Moser, Dayton forward Devin Oliver, and Phil Pressey. The Celtics will also play games against Indiana, Detroit, and Orlando, wrapping July 10. Games can be seen on NBATV.
While at the Celtics’ practice facility, Williams was struck by the Rondo’s offseason work ethic. “Honestly, I was peeking while we were doing a couple drills. I was peeking and watching that man work out,” he said of the Boston guard, who briefly spoke to Williams and offered some words of advice and encouragement. “I’ve got to say, he’s a freak of nature. A lot of people give me that name, but I’m going to give it to him because he was in there putting in hard work. “To be coming off an injury a couple of months ago and doing things like that, it’s tough. But he’s still in here working. I think I got here around 10:30 a.m. and he’s still here now. That goes to show how hard he works and how much he loves being in the gym.”
It won’t be easy, especially as the Celtics head into a summer of uncertainty, with the potential that the roster could look drastically different in a few months. “All that uncertainty makes it not a certainty, but we like Colton, and we’re anxious to see him this summer,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Iverson would love to have a guaranteed contract, of course, but he understands the situation. “It’s part of the business,” he said by phone before heading to Boston. “They’ve already invested a lot in me. All of last year, they’ve been in touch.
“I know they’re interested. I’m willing to go there for the next month and try to make my own spot, make them not be able to leave me off the roster next year. But that’s part of the business — you have to prove yourself. I could easily go to Vegas and try to impress other teams, but they’ve already invested a lot in me, so I figure it’s in my best interest to go right out to Boston right now.”
Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge trots around the globe as part of his international scouting duties, and he swung by Istanbul earlier this month to check in on Colton Iverson, whom the Celtics acquired in the second round of the 2013 draft. The 7-foot Iverson is playing with Besiktas of the Turkish League, and in 18 games, he’s averaging 6.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists over 17.3 minutes per game.
Iverson, the 53d overall pick, said he knew that going in, and that he believed the Celtics believed in him enough that it was OK for him to go overseas for the time being. So, Iverson is in Turkey, living in Istanbul, playing out a one-year contract while the Celtics own his rights. “I look at it as a win-win situation for both of us because I get to play a lot of minutes this year and keep getting better,” Iverson said. “If I continue getting better and have a successful season, I think the probability of me being in Boston hopefully is pretty good, but you never know what the future will hold so I’ll just keep getting better every day.”
The blockbuster trade that is now in place between the Celtics and Nets could translate into significant opportunity for younger players. With that in mind, the Celtics hurriedly assembled their team for the Orlando Summer League, which begins on July 7. In addition to last year’s rookie center, Fab Melo, 2013 first round pick Kelly Olynyk, and second rounder Colton Iverson, a seven-footer from Colorado State, the Celtics have signed Missouri point guard Phil Pressey to a free agent contract. The team will only have a short time with Iverson, who reportedly plans to play in Europe next year, though the Celtics hold his rights.