For the past week, overseas reports have indicated that Turkish squad Besiktas planned to ink Boston Celtics second-round draft pick Colton Iverson and the team announced his signing on its website Friday.
The only hitch: A source close to Iverson has maintained that no deal has been finalized. Now, that might simply be a formality and Iverson, who stressed at summer league that his priority was to stay stateside to help the Celtics, might only be waiting to see if Boston makes any additional roster moves that could free a roster spot for him.
With an overstocked frontcourt, the Celtics and Iverson have discussed the possibility of playing overseas. It could be mutually beneficial to both sides as Iverson gets increased reps during his first season of pro ball and a decent payday, while Boston maintains his rights and keeps a roster spot free.
The Celtics bought the 53rd pick in June's draft from the Indiana Pacers and selected the 7-foot Iverson out of Colorado State. He had a solid pro debut, averaging 5 points and 5.4 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per game in five appearances at the Orlando Summer League. Right now he's simply a victim of numbers as Boston has 16 signed contracts (only one nonguaranteed in fellow big man Shavlik Randolph, whose deal becomes fully guaranteed on Aug. 1).
Besiktas' head coach said on Turkish television Thursday that Iverson's pact is a two-year deal with an ability to return to the NBA after the 2013-14 season. Given that Iverson is already 24 years old, it's likely in Boston's best interest to bring him back next season when they might have additional roster space.