Joseph returns to C's with experience, confidence

Joseph returns to C's with experience, confidence
July 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Kris Joseph spent four years at Syracuse University, earning a degree in Child and Family Studies along the way.

But since coming into the NBA, the 6-foot-8 forward is getting a crash course in business management: NBA style.

With only one NBA season under his belt, Joseph has been involved in more than a dozen transactions which trumps the number of NBA games (10) he has played in.

But the latest move brings him back to where his NBA odyssey began - Boston.

Joseph will be among the players the Celtics receive from Brooklyn in the blockbuster trade agreed to in principle on draft night that sends Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets.

The NBA moratorium for such deals was lifted Wednesday, but the deal could not be consummated because of Joseph's contract which did not him to be traded until Friday, at the earliest.

Joseph sees his involvement in so many NBA transactions at an early age as a positive.

"There's some growth in it," he told in between watching the Boston Celtics summer league team. "You definitely learn the business side of it. I learned a lot more about the business side of this. You would rather stuff like this happened early on in your career so you can grow from it and know how to handle it."

The C's drafted Joseph in the second round (No. 51 overall) of the 2012 NBA draft.

He appeared in six games in Boston, but was sent to the C's D-League affiliate (Maine Red Claws) five times before eventually being waived in January.

After giving some thought to playing overseas, Joseph elected to re-sign with the Red Claws on Feb. 6, only to be traded to the Springfield Armor five days later, for James Mays.

Joseph made the most of his time in Springfield, parlaying that into a 10-day contract with the Nets who later signed him for the remainder of the season.

Now back with the Celtics, Joseph is optimistic that his chances of sticking around are better.

For starters, he has more experience and returns with a greater sense of confidence.

During his time in the D-League with Maine and Springfield, he averaged 18.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27 games which earned him a spot on the All-D-League second team.

He also returns with added motivation to validate the Celtics' desire that he be included in this trade.

"That's what you want, an opportunity to come back somewhere where you are comfortable and familiar with everybody," Joseph said. "Being able to go there and have a real opportunity to go in and play, show what I can do for this team and what I can bring to the table."

One of the biggest hurdles to Joseph's opportunities to play during his first stint in Boston, was Pierce.

Now that he's on to Brooklyn, Joseph embraces the chance that, on paper at least, exists for him to play his way into a more meaningful role this time around.

"The opportunity will be there," Joseph said. "I still don't know exactly what will happen with the team, but in my mind I see opportunity."

The contract he signed with Brooklyn is partially guaranteed to where $100,000 is guaranteed if he's not waived on or before August 1, and $200,000 guaranteed if he's not waived on or before October 29.

Yes, Joseph knows all too well that there's a chance that he may once again become a victim of the "numbers game" in which players get cut not because of their play, but a team's need to keep that particular player's slotted salary off the books.

But Joseph isn't thinking about that now.

He's in Orlando now to meet his new coach Brad Stevens, chat with Celtics officials as well as other teammates in town like Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green.

Joseph is also working towards getting back into his usual routine with the C's strength and conditioning staff.

"That just comes from knowing on a night you might not play at all, you want to stay ready, get your work in and be ready if you're called upon," Joseph said. "A big part of this business is being ready when your number is called."

And few so early in their NBA careers know this as well as the well-traveled Joseph.

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