Oliver Lafayette Rumors
Emiliano Carchia: Oliver Lafayette reached an agreement with Polish champs Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The guard will join the team on Thursday. Deal official soon
Oliver Lafayette needed about five minutes to feel at home. The former and future Mad Ants guard practiced with the team at Concordia Theological Seminary gymnasium on Tuesday for the first time since returning from a stint playing in Belgrade, Serbia. Lafayette, who finished the year with the Boston Celtics last season, said he never felt comfortable with his team in Belgrade. He feels he fits Fort Wayne just fine. “I’m already in game shape, so that’s a bonus,” Lafayette said. “I’m just ready to get going. I’m comfortable out there; I know all the plays. … I’m just happy to be here, playing with a good coach.”
Jeff Potter: Happy news for Oliver Lafayette today, but tough news for the Mad Ants. Oliver has signed on with Partizan Belgrade to play this season in the Euroleague. The past few weeks (actually longer), we have tried to like crazy to get him to come back to the Ants after being released from the Celtics. I understand him taking this offer, because Partizan is an outstanding club and playing in the Euroleague is as good as it gets in Europe. I am very happy for Oliver, and this is a well deserved job and opportunity for him and his family. With that said, I truly believe he jumped to Europe too soon. He has been in the NBA mix for about 5 months, and he would have been entering this season at the top of the call up list.
Oliver Lafayette will play for the first time in Europe. Partizan has signed the 26-year-old American guard, according to the Serbian media. Lafayette arrives to the current champion of the Adriatic League after being waived by the Boston Celtics weeks ago. Last season, the point guard played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, in the D-League, averaging 17.1 points and 6.5 assists per game.
The Celtics have waived guard Oliver Lafayette, the Herald has learned. Lafayette played just one game with the Celtics last season, scoring seven points in 22 minutes in a 106-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on April 14.
Sprinkle in a trio of rookies — Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, and Semih Erden — and suddenly Gaffney and Lafayette find themselves on the outside looking in as training camp approaches later this month. Ainge made sure to reach out to both Gaffney and Lafayette to stress that they would still have a chance to compete for a roster spot and that the team planned to keep the 15 best bodies coming out of camp. “That’s all I needed to hear,” Gaffney said. “As long as there’s a spot for me to earn, I’m going to do everything in my power [to earn it], or die trying.”