The Celtics roster situation just got a little more crowded. Confirming multiple reports in the past week, the Celtics officially signed center Vitor Faverani and Phil Pressey to multi-year deals today, the team announced. The Celtics inked the Brazilian center to a three-year deal, worth six million dollars in total, with a portion of their mid-level exception. According to Hoopsworld.com, only the first two years of the deal are guaranteed.
Pressey signed a non-guaranteed two-year deal at the rookie minimum, which pretty much amounts to a training camp invite. According to Hoopsworld, there does not appear to be any guaranteed money in the deal, although there could be a small guarantee, similar to what Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith received last year. The C’s next decision comes at the end of this month, as the team will have to make a decision on power forward Shavlik Randolph and his team option for next year. Colton Iverson also remains unsigned at this juncture.
Here is the official press release from the team on both Pressey and Faverani along with some video highlights:
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent center Vitor Faverani and free agent guard Phil Pressey. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Faverani, a 25-year old, 6’11” center, played in 23 games for Valencia Basket of the Spanish ACB last season and averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 55.0 percent from the floor in 17.0 minutes per game last season. Faverani also appeared in nine games of the Eurocup competition for Valencia last season and averaged 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. A native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Faverani posted his best statistical season for CB Murcia of the Spanish LEB Oro during the 2010-11 where he averaged 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 22.0 minutes over 34 games. He also shot 70.7 percent on all of his two-point field goal opportunities that season.
Pressey, a 5’11” guard, was a member of the 2013 Celtics Orlando Pro Summer League roster where he averaged 9.4 points, 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 23.0 minutes per game. Pressey played collegiately at Missouri where during the 2012-13 season he was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award which is given to the best point guard in the nation. The Dallas, Texas native averaged a career-high 11.9 points and 7.0 assists per game during his junior season. Pressey was named First Team All-SEC and to the All-SEC Tournament team and finished just one assist shy of the second highest single season mark for assists in SEC history during the 2012-13 season (240). Pressey posted 19 points and 19 assists against UCLA on December 28, 2012 which tied the SEC record for most assists in a single game and was also the highest single game total posted during the 2012-13 season in Division I.