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Boston Celtics confirm Kelly Olynyk signing

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The Boston Celtics have completed the signing of Dallas Mavericks power forward Kelly Olynyk, trading him for Lucas Nogueira and the rights to two future second round picks.

The 22-year-old was selected 13th overall by the Mavericks in the 2013 NBA Draft, but now finds himself representing the Massachusetts franchise.

Olynyk made his summer league debut for the Celtics on Sunday, and impressed spectators after scoring 25 points in just 27 minutes of play, on the way to a 95-88 loss against the Houston Rockets.

"I really like his game," new Celtics coach, Brad Stevens told the Boston Globe after the game. "He's really bright. You can tell he makes others around him better. 

"I thought he did some good things defensively as well. He's going to be a good player."

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge spoke of Olynyk as a player he'd like to see spend more time on the perimeter, after introducing the seven foot star following this year's draft, so he can realise his potential as a proficient three-point shooter.

Meanwhile, Jared Sullinger - the injured forward who watched the NBA summer league game from the bench as he continues his recovery from back surgery - spoke positively about his new team-mates ability, before offering him some advice.

"Kelly's a great basketball player, as you can see," he said. "He has the inside game, outside game. I just feel like he has to be more aggressive. Especially in the summer league right now. 

"Every time he touches, he should look to score, and the open shots, he's got to shoot them."

 

 

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