Celtics fans have been known to get ahead of themselves. After the team used the 53rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to select center Colton Iverson out of Colorado State, several C’s fans remarked to me how they thought Iverson would slot nicely next to Brandon Bass or Jared Sullinger as the Celtics’ starting center.
Iverson failed to stick with the Celtics last season, playing instead in Turkey, where he averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds over 17 minutes per game, according to Eurobasket.com. Despite Iverson playing professionally elsewhere, there’s a mutual interest between the 7-foot big man and the Celtics, the Globe’s Baxter Holmes reports.
Iverson is planning to join Boston’s team in the Orlando Summer League in early July. The Celtics, in turn, have allowed Iverson back to Boston for a month of workouts, starting this week. There’s a ton of uncertainty as to what the Celtics roster might look like in the fall, but Iverson is hoping by then he will have shown enough to make the team. From the Globe story:
“They’ve already invested a lot in me. All of last year, they’ve been in touch. They went out of their way to get the draft pick to get me, so I know they’re investing a lot in me. And just the fact that they invited me out for the next month to work out before summer league. 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 checked in on Iverson in Turkey throughout last season, and said the team would continue to monitor Iverson this summer. Come fall, Iverson just may find himself at the center of the Celtics’ rebuilding process.