“He is built sort of like Jae Crowder, he is big up top and is a physical player,” the international scout said. “But he has more offensive potential. He is already a pretty good shooter from the perimeter, and he is athletic, but he needs to get smoother with his game. He is not going to back anyone down, even at his size, so he needs to work on his ballhandling. But he can rebound and he can score, he will be a very solid NBA player.”
An added bonus has been the play of burly swingman Abdel Nader—chosen with the 58th pick out of Iowa State in the D-League this year. Nader agreed to forgo signing a contract in Europe to stay stateside and play for the Maine Red Claws, and he has been impressive, averaging 22.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists, shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line.
Nader should figure into the Celtics’ future plans, but with Yabusele and Zizic also expected to be on the roster next season, plus at least one more rookie chosen with the Brooklyn pick, the roster would be crowded with first-year players. Unless, that is, the Celtics use these assets in the next three weeks.
According to sources around the league, the Cavs have been pretty dormant on the trade-talk front since acquiring Korver. “I would say they’re waiting for March 1,” one front-office executive said. That’s when the Cavs can bring aboard a free agent who is waived after the trade deadline. Bulls guard Rajon Rondo, unhappy in Chicago, has been mentioned as a possibility.
The Cavaliers’ roster is essentially the same this year as last year. The major loss was US Cheap Jerseys Club backup guard Matthew Dellavedova, and while Cleveland misses him — and James was not happy Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys to lose him — his absence doesn’t explain all of the team’s problems.