BOSTON -- Danny Ainge wasn’t kidding when he recently said the Celtics weren’t done adding talent to their roster.
The C's will add EuroLeague point guard Shane Larkin, according to agent Jim Tanner.
Larkin, drafted by Atlanta (and immediately traded on draft night to Dallas) with the 18th overall pick in the 2013, walked away from a deal overseas that would have reportedly paid him $6.3 million for this upcoming season -- significantly less than he will make with the Celtics.
However, Boston affords him a chance to jumpstart his NBA career after having played three seasons with three different teams (Dallas, New York and Brooklyn) in which he averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists while playing 20.3 minutes per game.
He spent last season playing overseas with Baskonia in Spain, appearing in 33 games while averaging 13.1 points per contest.
Larkin played collegiately at the University of Miami for Jim Larrinaga, whose son, Jay, is a Celtics assistant coach.
Larkin joins a Celtics that has three primary ball-handlers on the roster: Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier.
Those three collectively would appear to be enough ball-handling for Boston, prompting one league official contacted by CSNNE.com on Thursday who thinks the addition of Larkin might be a prelude to another trade by the Celtics.
And based on Larkin’s initial comments to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, it sounds as though Larkin isn’t being brought in just to provide some depth behind Boston’s other three playmakers.
“After talking with Danny Ainge on the phone and hearing what he envisions for me, I knew that it was a great opportunity to continue to grow as a player and eventually become the guy I’m supposed to be in this league,” Larkin told Kennedy via text message.