Celtics Circuit: Rajon Rondo Rumors and Vitor Faverani Deal
There have been reports that the Detroit Pistons are interested in acquiring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. The issue is the Pistons offered point guard Brandon Knight and an expiring contract. Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe wrote in his notes column on Sunday that the Pistons are unwilling to give up center Andre Drummond. The 19-year-old center has the potential to become a dominant center in the league. Rasheed Wallace joined the coaching staff with the expectation that he will tutor Drummond. The Pistons cannot offer a first-round pick because in the Ben Gordon deal, the Bobcats can choose a selection from the Pistons in the next four years. Unless the Pistons change their stance and will trade either Drummond or Greg Monroe, this trade will not happen. Until the Celtics are floored by an offer from another team, Rajon Rondo will remain a Celtic.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics signed Brazilian center Vitor Faverani for three years. The 6-foot-11-inch center averaged 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game last year for Spain Valencia Basket. Faverani played in the Liga ACB and LEB Oro leagues. In 2010-’11, he helped CB Murcia win a title in the LEB Oro league. The Celtics waived Kris Joseph to put Faverani on the roster because they have the maximum amount of players (15).
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted the Celtics are working on a one-year contract with point guard Phil Pressey. Pressey averaged 9.4 points and 6.6 assists in the Orlando Summer League. The Celtics initially offered a training camp invite for Pressey. It is unclear if the Celtics will fit Pressey onto their roster. They are looking to move Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. Pressey would fill a need at backup point guard, especially with Rondo coming back from a torn ACL.
Former Missouri point guard Phil Pressey and Boston Celtics working on a one-year deal, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 13, 2013