The Celtics have been seeking ways to reduce their roster and second-round draft pick Colton Iverson, who played well in the Orlando Summer Pro League, offered another solution.
The center signed a two-year contract with Besiktas of the Turkish League with an out after the first season, according to the team. Playing overseas had been a consideration for Iverson since he was drafted 53d overall by the Celtics, who will still own Iverson's rights.
In five summer games, Iverson, a physical 7-foot center, averaged 5 points and 5.4 rebounds, showing defensive presence and rebounding in the paint.
The Celtics now have 16 players under contract and have until Thursday to make a decision on center Shavlik Randolph.