One day after acquiring Enes Kanter, the Celtics added more size to their roster by reaching agreement with center Vincent Poirier from France.
From NBC Sports Boston:
Poirier played for Baskonia of the EuroLeague in 2018-19 averaging 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds over 73 games. The 6-foot-11, 235-pounder participated in the NBA Summer League with the Magic in 2016 and did so again with the Nets in 2017.
The C’s reportedly were interested in signing Poirier back in April, but he had no interest in being a bench player. Considering the state of the Celtics roster right now, the 25-year-old could see a fair amount of minutes if Boston does indeed ink him to a deal.
From Boston Sports Journal:
The 25-year-old Poirier is a mobile seven-footer that provides a far superior defensive presence to Enes Kanter in the frontcourt. The Celtics were rumored to have interest in the seven-footer who just finished a standout season with Baskonia during which he led the league in rebounds (8.6 per game). He’s a rim-running seven-footer with good mobility for a big. Fouls a lot but he sticks with guards pretty well for his size. No real jump shot to speak of. He will compete with Kanter and Robert Williams for a starting job right out of the gate.
Poirier’s Twitter is @viinze_17P.
This signing gives Boston several bigs (Poirier joining Robert Williams, Grant Williams, Kanter, fellow Frenchman Guerschon Yabusele, Tacko Fall, and possibly Daniel Theis, if he’s re-signed), and likely means the Celtics will not be pursuing DeMarcus Cousins. Some fans were calling on Danny Ainge to jump into negotiations for Boogie after seeing this clip this morning:
But that wasn’t likely anyway.