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The Celtics announced this week that they have signed both undrafted point guard Phil Pressey and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani to multi-year contracts. Faverani’s deal is thought to be somewhere in the three-year, $6 million range, while Pressey’s is for the rookie scale minimum.
Faverani is a 6’10” big man who spent last season playing in the premiere spanish basketball league, where he averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds per contest. Faverani is known in Spain as, “El Hombre Indestructible” (The Indestructible Man). The Celtics roster now has two traditional centers on it, Faverani and Fab Melo, and both happen to be of Brazilian descent.
Pressey went undrafted out of Missouri and starred on the Celtics Orlando Summer League team. Pressey was an All-American Honorable Mention last season, and set the SEC record for most assists in a game when he recorded 19 against UCLA on December 28th of last year. He currently sits on the depth chart as the only true backup point guard to Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics roster now sits at 16 players, one over the NBA limit. Shavlik Randolph’s contract is only guaranteed if he remains on the team after August 1st.
The Celtics 2013 second round draft pick, Colton Iverson, has signed with Bestiktas of the Turkish basketball league. With the glut of big men currently on the Celtics roster it was unlikely there would be any playing time for Iverson this season, or even a roster spot. The move allows the Celtics to hold onto Iverson’s draft rights for the next two seasons.
Should Melo and/or Faverani fail to earn their minutes at the Center position, the Celtics could look to give Iverson a shot in the middle in the coming years. The Celtics traded into the second round to draft Iverson, so they clearly like him, it was just a matter of there not currently being a place for him on the roster.
With all the drama surrounding the Boston/Brooklyn trade settling down, the teams have announced that they will play a preseason game at the TD Banknorth Garden on October 23rd. It seems like an odd choice not to hold this game at a neutral site like Mohegan Sun or the Hartford Civic Center and save the dramatic return to Boston for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for the regular season.
As it stands, it seems unlikely Garnett or Pierce will make this trip to Boston for a preseason game. The contest is likely to be played without them.