Phil Pressey has been invited to Boston Celtics training camp according to CSNNE. This was a highly anticipated move after a great performance in Orlando’s Summer League last week. Pressey is also, reportedly, working on a one year deal with the Celtics according to MassLive.
He went undrafted and was signed to the Boston Celtics’ Summer League roster. It was thought that he’d get the short end of the stick when it came to playing time because Nolan Smith was also on the team. However, Pressey impressed and was the second best player on the team during the Summer League in Orlando.
Pressey is the son of coach Paul Pressey who has worked with the Celtics in the past. The Celtics know about his basketball pedigree and were very impressed with him after last week.
If its true that the Celtics are working on a one year deal with Pressey, it means that they trust that he can fill the backup point guard role on this team. Terrence Williams was supposed to play that role once the season began, but he has since been waived because of legal troubles.
Pressey averaged 9.4 points and 6.6 assists last week during the Celtics’ Summer League showing. He did an excellent job in setting up guys and showed that he knew the geometry of the floor well enough to be a decent passer in the NBA. He shot 45% from the floor and was very selective with his shots.
He played stellar defense at times even with his height disadvantage. He showed that he could be attentive on that end during a game. Even if that was only in an effort to earn a spot on the roster, we still have seen him do it. Doing that over the course of a season could be difficult–especially on the highest level. However, showing the tenacity and dedication was very important here.
Pressey was easily the second best player on the Celtics Summer League team after Kelly Olynyk. If he can fill the backup point guard role on a cheap contract, the Celtics will continue to be in good shape going into next season. They won’t have to worry about a multiyear deal until next offseason if they sign him to a one year deal.
The market for backup point guards is running dry with Jarrett Jack, Darren Collision and Eric Maynor unavailable. Pressey provides a solid option there if he’s good and he comes at a low price. You can’t really beat that in the NBA.