Celtics looking to ink Phil Pressey to one-year deal

Andy Lyons

After an impressive stint as the lead point guard in Orlando, the Celtics are about to sign the 5'11 Missouri guard to back up Rajon Rondo.

He was im-Pressey-ive in summer league, averaging 9.4 points and 6.6 assists in 23 minutes per game. His turnovers were a little high, but a lot of that you can forgive for not being familiar with his teammates and trying to look good in front of scouts and NBA GM's. Pressey was confident going into summer league and it looks like he's confirmed Danny's instincts enough to be tendered an offer.

Could he finally be the solution to the Celtics' long time need for a back-up point guard? It's possible. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and tenacious D. He stripped two steals a game in Orlando and most of those came in ball pressure situations. In addition to his ability to find open shooters and penetrate the paint, pitbulls Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee will gladly welcome his ferocious on-ball D. If Pressey's one-year deal is fully guaranteed, that adds another body to the already overflowing Celtics' roster. This signing can only mean that a trade is imminent...

Check out some highlights from his best game last season for Mizzou:

Phil Pressey 19 points-19 assists vs. UCLA 12.28.12 (via memoismoney)


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