No other player on the Celtics summer squad not named Kelly Olynyk had a better showing in Orlando than Phil Pressey. The pint-sized point guard handed out a team-best 33 assists (6.6 per game), showed quality range (scored 15 points on 14 jumpers beyond 17 feet), and played excellent defense (allowing a mere 0.654 points per play, according to Synergy Sports data). He quietly earned a spot as an honorable mention on the all-tournament team (the only Boston player on the list beyond Olynyk, a first-teamer).
Now ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman notes the Celtics might be trying to lock Pressey up:
Former Missouri point guard Phil Pressey and Boston Celtics working on a one-year deal, sources told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 13, 2013
Pressey had played his way into a training camp invite, but the undrafted guard might have been impressive enough that he caught the eye of other teams. In need of a backup ball-handler -- as evidenced last season when Rajon Rondo went down -- the Celtics could benefit from a low-cost (the minimum first-year salary is a mere $490,180) floor general who has potential to further blossom on a young roster.
The trickle-down effect? Boston already has 15 signed players at the moment, and that doesn't include second-round draft pick Colton Iverson. The Celtics have more shuffling to do to trim salary and give themselves more roster flexibility moving forward. But signing Pressey with options for future seasons is a low-risk move at a position of need.
For more on the ultra-confident Pressey, hop HERE to read our story on him from summer league.