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Celtics Trade for the Rights to Iverson, Sign Pressey, Jones

After a crazy night that saw the Celtics make three trades it’s only fair that we do a little book keeping.  You all know the major trade that happened last night.  If you’re still in denial, don’t click here.  In addition to the mega trade and the trade that netted them Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics also sent (widely presumed) cash considerations to Indiana for the draft rights to Colton Iverson.  Joining Olynyk and Iverson in training camp (so far) will be Phil Pressey and Lamont Jones.  We’ll give you the low down and dirty on each rookie below:

Colton Iverson

Iverson, like Olynyk is a big boy.  Measuring in a 7 feet with shoes on, Iverson was a productive member of the Colorado State Rams program.  He’s a great screener, a great defensive rebounder, and has a nice touch around the basket.  As seen in the video below, he also can shoot the ball when no one’s covering him:

Here’s some in-game highlights for your viewing pleasure:

It’s pretty obvious that Danny Ainge and his crew value size.  They drafted two seven footers (Olynyk and Iverson) this year and one last year (Fab Melo) in an effort to find workable size.  Iverson’s likely competition for a roster spot is Shavlik Randolph, which sucks if you’re like me and love what #SavvyShavy did for the C’s last year.  However, if I’m being pragmatic I see Iverson as a younger, more offensively polished version of Randolph.  It’s a long offseason and there’s no guarantee that either make the team.

Phil Pressey

The Celtics have been trying to find Rajon Rondo’s backup since he was in high school and have been thus far unsuccessful.  This offseason they have decided to take a chance on Phil Pressey.  Pressey is an undersized but talent guard out of Missouri.  Had he declared for the draft last year he would have likely been selected in the late first, early second round.  He decided to go back to school and underperformed for what was supposed to be a great Tiger squad.  Pressey can count himself lucky he wound up with the Celtics where playing time should be ample.  The Celtics also obviously like the kid as they had him in for multiple workouts.

Why do the Celtics like him so much? Probably because he’s a pick-and-roll dynamo.  He may be small but he’s also very quick and sees passing angles well.  As with all small guards, I have my doubts on who he will be able to defend in the NBA but he’s definitely talented enough for the Celtics to take the chance.

Check out the video below of Pressey tooling on people he’s clearly better than.  While it’s hard to find any valuable takeaways from the game play in this video, Pressey’s athelticism and hops are both worth noting.

Lamont Jones

Who?  I am a casual college basketball fan who usually loves good players on small school teams but, in the interest of full disclosure, I have never heard of this guy.  According to his Draft Express profile, he has the pedigree fitting of a top prospect.  He played his high school ball at Oak Hill Academy and played two years at Arizona before transferring to Iona.  From what I can tell, he’s a scoring machine. Get buckets!

  • hax

    If Ainge is in Wiggins mode, we may be seeing a lot of these guys!

  • Phil

    I like Iverson for a 53rd pick. He seems like he can give the Cs a super cheap 4th/5th big (depending on how openly they're tanking,) for the next couple of years before taking his talents to Europe. I like hearing that a guy here only has one skill (toughness/rebounding in this case,) because it means he can actually do that. If you know what he gives you, you can play him a few minutes a game. That's all you want from a pick that late in the draft. Besides, aren't we all happier when Tommy has a big, tough, white guy to root for? I can hear the Moses Malone comparisons already…

    Pressey is interesting as well. I'm always intrigued to get guys from the black holes of college talent (Mizzou, Texas, UNC is starting to fall here too,) places where pro prospects go to lose value. I wanted to take a shot on him or Kabongo, and Pressey has the better name :)

  • DreMo

    Iverson is playing overseas. He’s only going to be here for SL and he’s out. Celtics will keep his rights.

    MoMo. Good player. He was the point for that AZ team Derrick Williams was on the year they made it to the elite 8. Good player. Didn’t know he transferred until I saw him in a game for Iona two years later. Have no idea why he transferred. Good point,can push tempo.

    • I think there's a good chance Iverson makes the team. Here's the roster as it will stand on July 10th:

      Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford, Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, MarShon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk, Colton Iverson, Keith Bogans, Terrence Williams, Kris Joseph, Shavlik Randolph, DJ White, Lamont Jones, and Phil Pressey.

      Humphries, Bass, Lee, and Crawford will likely be shopped because they could all help a contender. Humphries will likely be used to snag a trade exception due to his expiring contract, Bass and Lee make a lot of money the Celtics wouldn't mind shedding, and someone somewhere might still want to take a chance on Crawford.

      Bogans and White likely won't be here and I see the C's choosing between Jones and Pressey.

      If they can't trade some of those players this off season, the roster will likely be:

      Humphries, Wallace, Rondo, Green, Bass, Lee, Bradley, Crawford, Sullinger, Melo, Brooks, Olynyk, Williams, Randolph, and Jones/Pressey.

      If they can trade two out of the four guys they'd like to trade I think Iverson and Joseph make this team. We'll see.

  • DreMo

    I’m glad we got Brooks back in the deal. Good talent to develop.

  • DreMo

    Kelly and Colt making this team is an ugly proposition.

    Crawford is still on his rookie deal. He’s cheap. MarShon Brooks is rotation worthy right now, no matter who’s brought in.

    Melo being on the team is awful. His defensive awareness needs work and him coming up will signal a full fledged tank.

    Bass is on the block. Lee is on the block. All the China guys are back end trade fillers like JaJuan Johnson and Sean Williams before them. The only way these awful parts stick is by tanking.

    The parts and picks can still net two FAs for a quicker roster build start. The pieces are there without a mortgage on the future because 9 1st rd picks in the next five seasons is a great position to be in.

  • rich

    Hope they trade some of the first round picks for proven talent.. Win now.

  • Sad Seltic

    I like how some people think Colton Iverson is borderline, yet this Momo character is clearly NBA material, because he's from Harlem. I'll take the big banger any day of the weak over the transfer head case. The C's have had one too many psychos for my taste over the last five years. Guys who are crazy, over the hill, or lazy need not apply. Pressey did nothing to impress all year long, he won't make the club unless Ainge shoots and misses again. I wanted the C's to go after CJ Leslie or Richard Howell from NC, or Seth Curry who will be an NBA player. Another sleeper rotation guy is EJ Singler. Otherwise it was a weak draft, although they could've taken Olynyk at 16, and I would have loved to have seen Archie Goodwin or (if he entered the draft this year) Doug McDermott. I'm not an Ainge fan; if you take everything he did before Allen-Green, and after PJ Brown, he'd be the worst GM in basketball. He had one six month stretch bookended by a decade of crap.

    They need to shed dead weight like Crawford, Bass, Green, Bogans, Melo and Williams. Move Rondo for as much as you can get for him, he's no leader and certainly not a superstar. Somehow people still think he's a "kid" with a blossoming game when he's a guy that's closing in on thirty and is dependent on speed to be effective much like Andre Miller or Devin Harris. C's need to go full rebuild and create a like able team of talented youngsters in the meantime. They've surprisingly had a good start to the rebuild, but Ainge needs to get out of his own way a little.

    One other thing. When people downplay the TWO seconds that they used to go up a few spots to get a guy that very likely would have been there anyhow, they downplay the value of Euro players and the Draymond Green's of the world. The Euro guys are great to stash away for 1-3 years at no real expense and can be huge assets to great a move, get up in the draft, or whatever, and the latter type players seem to always appear in the league over bigger names and end up carving out great careers for themselves. Unfortunately, Ainge just pissed the picks away, and would've prolly effed it up anyhow by drafting another Bill Walker, injury prone looney tune anyhow so maybe its not a big deal, but the picks would have come in handy.

  • Great picks for Celtics. After trading Garnett and Pierce to Nets, new young guys should have come. It's not for the next season, but in a couple of years Celtics will fight for the championship again!

  • Congreats Celtics for all the game. You are the best team!

  • I'm glad we got Brooks back in the deal. Good talent to develop.

  • What a worderful team! Just great!

  • If Ainge is in Wiggins mode, we may be seeing a lot of these guys!

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