Colton Iverson will have to wait a little longer for his first taste of NBA action.
Boston’s 2013 second round draft pick will resume his basketball career in Europe for the second straight season as his new team Laboral Kutxa Vitoria announced today that they have inked Iverson to a one-year deal.
The 25-year-old center spent last year (his first season as a pro) playing with Besiktas in Turkey to gain some seasoning in hopes he would be able to return stateside and compete for a roster spot with the Celtics this fall. Iverson averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year in 18 Eurocup games.
Upon returning from Turkey, Iverson spent much of June working out with Celtics’ coaches at the team’s practice facility in Waltham before suiting up with Boston for Orlando Summer League action. Iverson played well in game one in Orlando, but did not improve his stock over the remainder of summer league play as he averaged just 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game over the week of play.
That lackluster showing combined with the Celtics current roster logjam (the team has 18 players currently signed for next season) meant that any chance Iverson had of making the Celtics roster this year was probably a long shot at best. Knowing this, the center likely decided to take the security of a job and sizable payday in Spain rather than waiting it out to see if some roster spots opened up by the start of Celtics training camp.
Boston will still retain Iverson’s rights overseas, so they will have an opportunity to sign him again next season if they choose.