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Tuesday, 24.01.2017, 19:21
Dairis Bertans invited to Boston ''Celtics'' in summer
Latvian shooting-guard Dairis Bertans has been invited to the Boston ''Celtics'' NBA Summer League squad, the player himself confirmed to the Latvian sports portal sportacentrs.com, cites LETA.
''The ''Celtics'' have been following along my progress in Europe, and have invited me to fight for a roster spot on their team,'' the basketball player said. ''I will be going to Boston on June 29, a few days before the start of the Orlando Summer League, so that I could get some more practice in.''
If Bertans does not make it on the ''Celtics'' roster for next season, he does not rule out the possibility that he might not return to Spanish ACB League club ''Bilbao'', which has been going through financial difficulties recently. ''If the club still exists after the summer, then it will likely have much less finances available. I am not prepared to play for a smaller salary. I have reached the age in which I should start earning something.''
In 32 ACB League games for ''Bilbao'' this past season, Bertans averaged 10.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
At the same time, the 24-year-old played in 14 ULEB Eurocup matches for the club, averaging 10.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
The ''Celtics'' will play its first Summer League match on July 5 against the Oklahoma City ''Thunder''.