Celtics second-round draft picks Juhann Begarin and Yam Madar are expected to continue their careers overseas this season, according to a league source.
Begarin, the 6-foot-5-inch French wing who was selected with the 45th pick of the 2021 draft, had a strong showing in the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league last month, averaging 18.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals. Begarin, 20, is planning to return to Paris Basketball, which competes in France’s top division, LNB Pro A.
“The kid’s been, to me, pretty special,” Celtics assistant Ben Sullivan said at the conclusion of summer league last month. “He can do so many things: knock down threes, get to the basket, defending, passing.
“He’s got to tighten up his handle a little bit, a couple of turnovers here and there. If he improves in that area, the sky is the limit for a kid like that.”
Madar, the 47th pick of the 2020 draft, is planning to return to the Serbian club, KK Partizan, which competes in the Adriatic Basketball Association and the EuroLeague. The 6-3 point guard’s Israeli national team commitments kept him from joining Boston’s summer league team this year.
The Celtics will retain the NBA rights for both players.
The Celtics will host the Bucks on Christmas Day, according to a person with knowledge of the league’s scheduling plans. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league is not planning to release the season’s full schedule until later this week.
In other games, the Grizzlies will visit the NBA champion Warriors, the Knicks will host the 76ers, the Mavericks will host the Lakers, and the Suns will visit the Nuggets.
The Lakers will be playing on Christmas for the 24th consecutive year, by far the longest stretch in the league. Golden State will make its 10th straight Christmas appearance, Boston its seventh, and Milwaukee its fifth.
New York will play on Christmas for the 55th time, extending its record.