Semih Erden to Join the Celtics
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports Erden will join the Celtics on a one-year contract worth just less than $500,000. He will be a part of Boston's summer league team later this month.
Erden has played for Turkish league powerhouse Fenerbahce since 2005. He's never averaged so much as 20 minutes a game, and last season averaged just 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He played only minor minutes for the Turkish national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships and the 2007 and 2009 Eurobasket tournaments. Turkey will host the 2010 FIBA World Championships beginning in August. Erden will be joined by fellow NBA players Hedo Turkoglu and Ersan Ilyasova on the Turkish team. Fellow center Mehmet Okur isn't expected to be available due to injury.
The Celtics now have Erden, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Perkins and Glen Davis under contract for 2010-11. The team is expected to sign 2010 draft picks Avery Bradley and Luke Harangody to contracts, as well, leaving at least four roster spots up for grabs as free agency continues.