Iverson signs two-year deal to play in Turkey

Iverson signs two-year deal to play in Turkey
July 27, 2013, 3:45 pm
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BOSTON — The ever-bulging Boston Celtics roster continues to slim down with last month's second-round pick Colton Iverson inking a two-year deal to play for Besiktas in Turkey.

The Celtics acquired the 7-foot center on draft night when they acquired his rights after Indiana selected him for the C's with the No. 53 overall pick.

Iverson's agent Adam Pensack told CSNNE.com earlier this week that his client was open "to all options," but wanted to do what's in the best interest of the Celtics.

Spending a year or two overseas works well for both Iverson and the C's.

It will provide Iverson with some much-needed experience in addition to more money than he likely would have made in the NBA.

Also, the C's now have more roster flexibility while maintaining Iverson's rights.

Boston now has 16 players under contract, but only Shavlik Randolph is operating with a non-guaranteed deal.

His contract becomes fully guaranteed for this upcoming season if he is not waived prior to August 1.

Iverson was considered a longshot to make the C's roster, but did show the potential to be a player that might fit with this team after a year or two playing against European competition.

A physical center, Iverson averaged five points and 5.4 rebounds while appearing in five summer league games for the Celtics in July.

His ability to defend, take up space and rebound were factors in why the Celtics were at least open to the idea that he might have been part of the team this season.