Celtics draft Yam Madar signs deal with Partizan Belgrade for 2021-22 season


Yam Madar, the Celtics’ No.47 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, will spend at least one more season as an international draft.

Partizan Belgrade announced wednesday that Madar will join the squad for the upcoming 2021-22 season, completing a move from Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The 20-year-old playmaker played for the Celtics in the Las Vegas Summer League and earned rave reviews after an outstanding performance in the team’s first game. He posted 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in his three appearances before being sidelined in Boston’s last two games with a groin injury.

According to league sources, Madar was interested in a jump to the NBA for the upcoming season, but Boston’s signing of Dennis Schroder last week along with the acquisition of Kris Dunn via trade created a crowded depth picture. . Boston currently has 16 players under contract, including eight guards, so Madar’s ability to make the 15-player roster was limited. The team reportedly offered him a two-part contract, which he turned down to continue the EU deal.

Madar will continue his development abroad in a squad made up of former NBA players such as Alen Smailagic and Rodions Kurucs and led by top European coach Zelkjo Obradovic. The Celtics are still retaining the NBA rights to Madar so the team can attempt to bring him in in a future season if they buy him out of his current contract.

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