Yam Madar Rumors
Josh Halickman: Hapoel Tel Aviv have given Yam Madar permission to take part in the NBA Summer League with the Boston Celtics the team that drafted him in 2020. Photo @dovster9 pic.twitter.com/JLmlDODE7Y
Romeo Langford, Payton Pritchard, Aaron Nesmith, Carsen Edwards, and Yam Madar are expected to join the Celtics’ summer league team in Las Vegas in the second week of August, according to sources. Grant and Rob Williams are not planning to play.
Since arriving in the United States during the first week of July, Yam Madar has been training with Berdugo at The College of New Jersey, the current home of Camp Step It Up. Madar and Yogev Berdugo have also worked out at the National Basketball Players Association headquarters in Manhattan. Madar will travel to Boston on Monday for 48 hours, where he’ll meet with the Celtics front office and get a few workouts in. He’ll then head to Los Angeles for about 10 days to continue his preparation before returning to Boston for summer league training camp.
The biggest concern regarding Madar’s game when they drafted him was his 3-point shooting, according to sources around the Celtics organization. His exceptional passing and ball-handling were great strengths, but they weren’t going to keep him on the court at the NBA level – he needed to be able to shoot at a high level, and this past season was a major step in the right direction.
As the oldest player on a professional basketball team for the first time this past season, Jon Diebler might have been reminded of his age no matter what. He just couldn’t forget it while sitting in the Hapoel Tel Aviv locker room next to 2020 Celtics draft pick Yam Madar. “He made me feel really old,” Diebler said.
Madar did not turn 20 until midway through the season. He will not turn 21 until December. He was just a kid when Diebler starred on some great teams at Ohio State. The age gap between the two teammates, about 13 years, was clear to Diebler, now 33. Still, Diebler said during a phone conversation Tuesday, Madar carried himself like a far more experienced player.