Checking up on Scalabrine, other Celtics overseas

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Checking up on Scalabrine, other Celtics overseas

Looking for some Boston Celtics hoops news during the NBA lockout? Lets take a look overseas, where several of those who have suited up for the Cs are now playing international basketball.

Lets start with fan favorite Brian Scalabrine. No matter how hard he tried to fight it, he couldnt escape the Scal-a-bri-ne chants that echoed through the TD Garden as a member of the Boston Celtics. Now Scal is playing ball for Benetton Treviso in Italy. Hes making news in the United States, and this time it has nothing to do with his last name.

Check out this highlight reel, where Scalabrine is showing off his skills beyond the arc. He ranks second on his team in scoring with 14.0 points per game, including 77.2 FG and 66.7 3PG. University of Connecticut alum Jeff Adrien leads the team with 15.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, while Celtics 2011 second round draft pick E'Twaun Moore is averaging 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Avery Bradley was also in the news shortly after joining Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. On Monday, Rafael Uehara from the Basketball Post tweeted, "Apparently, Avery Bradley is set to get fired in Israel. Nothing that he did. Played a single game. Team just wants his roster spot." On Tuesday night, Bradley was listed on the team's official website. He also tweeted to Celtics teammate Jeff Green that he was still in Israel. Bradley has appeared in one game for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, scoring 7 points (1-6 FG, 1-2 3PG, 2-2 FT).

First Nenad Krstic did the Macarena, then he scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in his first regular season game with CSKA Moscow. Krstic was one of the first NBA players to signed overseas this summer.

Von Wafer is also in Italy leading Vanoli-Braga Cremona in scoring with 19 points per game. In the first three contests of the regular season, Wafer is shooting 62.5 from the field (and a not-so-noteworthy 9.1 from three-point range), 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.

In other reports, Dubi Pick from Eurobasket.com tweeted former Celtic Gerald Green has signed with the Foshan Dralions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Former Celtic Oliver Lafayette is playing for Asseco Prokom Gdynia this season in Poland. He scored 12 points in their first Euroleague regular season game and is averaging 3.7 points in three VTB United League games.

Blake Griffin opts out of Clippers contract, becoming free agent

Blake Griffin opts out of Clippers contract, becoming free agent

According to multiple reports, Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract with the Clippers, making him a free agent. 

Griffin is considered one of the top free agents in a class that will also include Utah’s Gordon Hayward. The Celtics have been reported as possible suitors for both players. 

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft, the 28-year-old Griffin is a five-time All-Star, though injuries have limited him over the last three seasons. 

Over 61 games, the 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game last season. Between numerous injuries and a suspension for hitting a member of the Clippers’ equipment staff, Griffin was limited to just 31 games in the 2015-16 season. 

Adrian Wojnarowski said recently that Boston’s reception for Clippers teammate Paul Pierce made a very strong impression on Griffin. Though there might not necessarily be a connection between the two, Griffin said on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” that Boston is on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities. 

Tatum's sick final workout seals the deal for Celtics

Tatum's sick final workout seals the deal for Celtics

BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum was excited about working out for the Boston Celtics. 

But he knew that, health-wise, he wouldn’t be at his best. 

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He could have easily pulled out like others had, or just told the Celts in advance so they could take it into account when they were deciding on who to take with the No. 3 pick. 
 
Instead, he kept it to himself until after his workout, focused on doing what the best in the NBA do on a nightly basis -- finding a way to play their best when at their worst physically. 
 
“I wasn’t feeling well, but you can’t make excuses,” Tatum said during an interview with CSN’s Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. “There can be times in the future where there’s a game or playoff game where you’re not feeling well. Nobody is going to care. You have to produce.”
 
Did. He. Ever. 
 
The workout didn’t just go well.  It ranked among the best Danny Ainge had seen, which made the decision for Boston to select the 6-foot-9 forward from Duke with the No. 3 pick an easy call. 
 
Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, had an eye on Tatum all season and acknowledged he had high expectations for him to perform at during his workout in Boston. 
 
“He was better than I actually thought,” Ainge said during the CelticsTalk Podcast with Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. “Which was hard to do, because we thought highly of him before.”
 
During the workout, Ainge saw a young man who had worked on improving his perimeter shooting to the point where it was actually one of his stronger qualities. 
 
 “As I watched him play earlier in his life  . . . what he lacked was his range shooting,” Ainge said. “He was a very good mid-range player and good passer off the dribble. But the range shooting, what he showed us in the workout here was very impressive. We had two workouts with him. And in both of them, he was one of the best shooters in this whole draft at any position, and one of the best shooters we’ve had in here for any draft.”
 
Making Tatum’s workout all that more impressive was it came with him far from at his best health-wise, something the Celtics didn’t learn of until afterwards. 
 
“He wanted to be here from the very beginning, even before we got the number one pick,” Ainge said. “He wanted to be here. He came in here and showed it. He came on his workout and was sick. He was on antibiotics, nose was dripping and he didn’t complain. And he still played and played well. That was impressive, how much he showed, how much he wanted to be here.”
 
Tatum said his mindset coming into his workout was simple.
 
“I knew the draft pick was on the line,” Tatum said. “I had to really perform and I think I did really well.”