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.

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Highlights: Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

Tempers flared between the Celtics and Hawks, but Atlanta was able to get the best of Boston as they get the victory in the TD Garden.

Blakely: On surface Bogut makes sense for Celtics, but it comes down to chemistry

Blakely: On surface Bogut makes sense for Celtics, but it comes down to chemistry

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics got their butts kicked (again) on the boards Monday night by the Atlanta Hawks who defeated them 114-98.

The Celtics get their butts kicked most nights on the boards, and yet still find a way to win more often than not.

That’s why the possibility of adding Andrew Bogut who was bought out by Philadelphia is so intriguing.

Once he clears waivers on Wednesday, he’ll officially be a man in high demand with teams trying to show him love as if he was Kevin Durant or LeBron James.

But as much as the 31-year-old center on paper seems like a good addition to the Celtics roster because of his rebounding prowess and rim protection on defense, here’s what you have to keep in mind with Bogut or any other player Danny Ainge and the C's front-office brass decides to bring through that door.

Whatever team a new guy joins, he’ll look to play decent minutes and showcase his skills with unrestricted free agency around the corner this summer.

As far as Bogut is concerned, he's one of the more underrated members of Golden State's title squad in 2016.

Draymond Green's all-around game, Steph Curry’s 3-point bombs and Klay Thompson’s two-way talent were all key to the Warriors winning a title two years ago. But lost in their success among fans was Bogut’s defense which covered up for a lot of mistakes, miscues and blown assignments.

Whatever team Bogut signs with, ideally he would be looking to provide that same interior presence.

But here’s another issue.

Adding Bogut means waiving a player, most likely a young player that the Celtics will have essentially decided to give up on.

Since Bogut is a big, the logical target of being waived is Jordan Mickey.

The second-round pick from 2015 has shown improvement, but not nearly enough to garner steady minutes or even sporadic time on this roster.

Amir Johnson and Al Horford are the starters, with Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko rounding out their four-man big rotation so they're not going anywhere.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens typically plays those four bigs every night, so the idea of adding a fifth to the regular rotation doesn’t make sense.

Will one of those four be cool with not playing some nights or having their minutes severely carved up?

Would Bogut be cool with sometimes playing in games, or sometimes playing the role of waving a towel supporting his team from the bench?

And how does his presence affect chemistry which is a major deal for this team and its success this season.

Boston’s bigs in terms of rebounding, have not been good all season.

We can all agree on that.

And yet despite those struggles, they have the second-best record in the East (38-22) along with being a top-5 or top-6 team record-wise in the NBA.

They’re able to win because they have solid talent and Teflon-strong bonds to where they don't just play with each other, but for each other every night. 

We have seen stretches this season when the minutes have been cut or wiped out altogether for rotation players like Terry Rozier, Jonas Jerebko and Jaylen Brown.

And yet during the time when they are not playing as much, you never hear any public grumbling or private bickering among themselves or to the media.

There is a high level of accountability with Brad Stevens-coached teams that if you’re doing your job well, you’ll play. If not, your minutes might go to a teammate.

The best example of this came earlier this season when Gerald Green was essentially a practice player until Christmas Day when he came up big in Boston’s win over the New York Knicks.

Green saw more minutes going forward, but soon found himself struggling to get on the floor afterwards on some nights and the man whose minutes he took – Rozier – was back in the playing mix. 

During those times when Rozier wasn't playing, he said Green was a fixture in his ear, offering words of encouragement regardless of whether he was playing a lot or not at all. 

“Gerald’s always encouraging me, encouraging the young guys to just keep working, be patient and when your time comes, run with it,” Rozier recently told CSNNE.com. “He’s been a great vet for us young guys.”

And while Bogut wouldn’t come in looking to mess with the team’s chemistry, that doesn’t matter.

Anytime a new guy is added to the mix, it has the potential to be a really good pick-up or a potentially catastrophic equation of subtraction by addition.

In talking with a league executive who Bogut played for earlier in his career, he said Bogut would be a good addition to the Celtics roster from a basketball standpoint.

“But you never know about how they fit outside of that,” the executive told CSNNE.com. “As we’ve seen, sometimes it’s just as important that guys click off the court as it is that they can play together on it. I don’t think that would be an issue, but with new guys and not knowing how that locker room works and its dynamics, you just never really know how it’ll play out.

The executive added, “But if they can get him after the Philly buyout, do it. He can help them. His strength is their weakness; it makes a lot of sense for both sides honestly.”