Travis Knight was close to becoming the next piece in the Boston Celtics’ rebuilding project as the team began rookie camp Sunday.
The 7-foot center, a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie second team last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, said, “Hopefully, we can get it all done quick.”
But there was no official announcement from the Celtics of the $22 million, seven-year deal that reportedly is in the works.
Celtics general manager Chris Wallace said he couldn’t comment on the deal. He did say the team has been recruiting Knight for about a week.
Wallace praised Knight as a “big man with tremendous upside” who would probably become a starter if he joins the team.
“Travis is ideal for Rick Pitino’s system,” Wallace said at training camp at Brandeis University.
Pitino, meanwhile, said he knew what the situation was before he became president and coach of the franchise in early May.
We’re locked in to a lot of salaries and situations which we have no control over,” he said. “Our backs are against the wall in that regard.”
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