IThe Celtics likely will have the most intriguing summe…

IThe Celtics likely will have the most intriguing summer league team in Utah and Las Vegas when play begins next month. In addition to adding the No. 1 overall pick and potentially three second-round choices, director of player personnel Austin Ainge said Boston’s core of returning players is expected to include Jaylen Brown, Jordan Mickey, Ante Zizic and Demetrius Jackson, among others.

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Zizic is expected to join the Celtics once his Turkish season is complete and should play in summer league. Yabusele will be able to resume basketball activities this summer and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Zizic has noticed that the Celtics’ greatest weakness is rebounding. That is difficult for him to see, because he knows that is one of his greatest strengths. He knows he could be giving his future teammates a boost right now. “I go on every rebound, so I think I can help on that, for sure I can,” Zizic said. “I can grab some bonus rebounds. I have a great work ethic and always will give my maximum.”
Ante Zizic’s breakthrough game in EuroLeague naturally became a topic of discussion in the press conference after the match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Darussafaka Dogus. When David Blatt was asked about the Croatian center’s performance, he admitted that his player’s upcoming NBA move is close and, more or less, inevitable. “The problem is that he’ll probably won’t stay here for long,” Blatt said. “He’ll be with the Boston Celtics if and when both sides decide that this’ll happen. We are happy to get a player like that. Every team in Europe had the chance to sign him but no team but us did it. We were the only ones willing to bring him. It’s because we believed in him.”
"David's a really good coach," said Stevens, who texted with Blatt after Zizic signed with Darussafaka. "I think, obviously, I don't know what they are running or how they are guarding, I haven't watched how they play, but David certainly has a great feel for the way that this league works and everything else. He'll be practicing against and playing against very good players who are older, more experience and more accomplished, and then David will help, obviously, in that development as well."
Zizic's huge numbers (20.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 69.5-percent shooting) could go down because of the increased competition in the Euroleague, but Stevens said the Celtics have been impressed while keeping tabs on him this season. They stashed Zizic overseas for further development after picking him No. 23 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. "We've been following him really close," Stevens said. "He's had a great year up to this point. He's got a high motor, he's a tough guy. We're excited about him being a part of our future."
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