By the time the Celtics selected Abdel Nader with the 58th overall pick of the 60-player NBA draft, many Boston fans had mostly given up on the night. And getting a little-known forward who had been Iowa State’s third-leading scorer as a senior did not exactly rouse those who had begun to fade.
Often, teams and players reach a verbal agreement on this option, and several league sources said this was the case with the Celtics and Nader. But it is clear that Nader’s strong summer has given his camp at least some reluctance about taking the domestic draft-and-stash route.
“He’s an NBA player, that’s my belief,” said Nader’s agent, Cervando Tejeda. “Right now, we have to decide what the next move is.”
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