The latest “victim” of the Celtics recent roster crunch is none other than 2013 second round pick Colton Iverson. The Euroleague announced in a press release today that the big man would be signing with the Spanish team Baskonia for the upcoming season.
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria bolstered its frontcourt by inking center Colton Iverson to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Iverson (2.13 meters, 25 years old) arrives from Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul, where he averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18 Eurocup games last season, helping his team reach the eighthfinals. It was Iverson’s debut season as a professional basketball player. He played for Colorado State University for two seasons and was named the 2012-13 school’s athlete of the year. He averaged 14.2 points and led the Mountain West Conference in rebounding with 9.8 per game. Iverson also collected First-Team All-Mountain West honors. He helped the Rams reach the NCAA Tournament and win their opening-round game for the first time since 1989. Before transferring to Colorado State, Iverson played three seasons at the University of Minnesota. Iverson will make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut with Laboral Kutxa in the upcoming season.
CH Analysis: Boston’s open roster spot at center on the depth chart disappeared when the team acquired Tyler Zeller from the Cavs last month, which meant the writing was on the wall for Iverson to head back overseas after a lackluster summer league showing in Orlando. The fact Iverson is already 25-years-old is doing him no favors from a potential standpoint, but he’s just going to have to make more strides on both ends of the floor in Spain this year and hope the Celtics clear out the center depth chart heading into next season.
That reality is possible since Joel Anthony will be gone and Vitor Faverani’s contract next year is non-guaranteed. If the Celtics need a cheap big body at the end of the roster next year, Iverson will get a call. It just won’t be this year.