Celtics Draft Pick Colton Iverson Signs Two-Year Contract With Turkish Team

Stephen Pagliuca, Colton Iverson, Kelly Olynyk, Danny AingeMost NBA draft picks spend the summer before their rookie year fighting to earn a roster spot on their respective teams, and while second-round pick Colton Iverson may have spent the past few months doing so, he’s not waiting around to learn of his fate.

Iverson, who was drafted 53rd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2013 NBA draft, has agreed to sign a two-year contract with Besiktas of the Turkish league, the team announced Friday. The deal allows Iverson to opt out after the first year, according to The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn.

Iverson played for the Celtics in the Orlando Summer Pro League, averaging 5.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game.  The Celtics will still hold the draft rights to Iverson while he plays overseas.

With Iverson gone, the Celtics now have 16 players under contract, one more than the allowed limit for the opening night roster. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will have until Thursday to trim the roster to 15 players.

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