Colton Iverson is on the move, again.
The former Colorado State star, who was selected with the 53rd pick in the 2013 NBA draft, will play his 2014-2015 season in Spain. He was originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers, then dealt to the C’s on draft night. On Tuesday, Iverson officially signed with Laboral Kutxa, a Spanish professional basketball team from the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Founded in 1959, the franchise has seen numerous well-known players on their roster including Andrés Nocioni, Luis Scola, Goran Dragić, Tiago Splitter, Mirza Teletović, and José Calderón.
The 7-foot center played what was to be his rookie year with Besiktas (Turkish Basketball League), where he slated averages of 7.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. In July 2014, the 25-year-old big man rejoined the Celtics for the 2014 NBA Summer League. Playing in all 5 of Boston’s July exhibition games, Iverson averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Early before the 2014 draft, it was first announced by ESPN’s Chris Forsenberg that the 2013 draftee was aggressively working towards earning a roster spot for the upcoming season. You can read our write up here.
With the Celtics already having 18 players signed for the 2014-2015 campaign, scoring a spot on the crowded depth chart would have been extremely challenging for Iverson to accomplish. Boston will still maintain his NBA rights. Though expressing his early desire to work for a confirmed position, he will once again be forced to wait, primarily due to the jammed roster.
Iverson won’t be capturing his dream of wearing green at the TD Garden this go around, but will probably be receiving a heftier paycheck down in Europe, clearly taking the right security choice. His eyes are still set on that elusive chance to be a Celtic, and the pursuit is still far from over.
See you in Orlando next summer, Colton.
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