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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Celtics Sign The Perfect Guys To Build Around, I Mean Tank With Next Season

It's long been established that the only way for the Celtics to rebuild quickly is to get into next season's draft lottery. They need to pretend like they are going to win but then rack up the losses (sit Rondo Derrick Rose style) like there's no tomorrow to give themselves the best chance to get an incredible player like Andrew Wiggins.

Today Boston took care of a couple additions that had been rumored since last week: they signed rookie point guard Phil Pressey (who tore it up for them in the Orlando Pro Summer League) and Brazilian center Vitor Faverani. Terms of both deals weren't disclosed but Pressey reportedly will get a three-year deal worth the league minimum while Faverani is expected to get three years and $6 million.

Since he played at Missouri (who were on TV all the time) and I caught a couple of the Summer League games, I can say that Pressey should be a nice fit at backup point guard. And yes, teams are allowed to have two point guards on the same squad, something the C's have seemed oblivious to for years with Rajon Rondo.

I'm not up on Brazilian basketball or teams in Spain-where Faverani played last season-but I do know that most foreigners that come over to the NBA struggle mightily unless they are a freak like Dirk Nowitzki. The leagues in Europe can't compete with the NBA which has almost all the best players in the world in one spot.

This gives Boston 16 signed guys at the moment including Shavlik Randolph whose deal would become guaranteed on August 1.

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