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Ex-Celtics guard Shane Larkin is going back to the EuroLeague

Alex Reimer
July 26, 2018 - 9:43 am

While it’s been an uneventful offseason for the Celtics, the back of their bench will look different next season. Reserve guard Shane Larkin signed a one-year offer sheet with Turkish basketball club Anadolu Efes, the team announced Thursday. The deal is worth $1.8 million.

Larkin, 25, has been open about his willingness to return to Europe. He played basketball in Spain prior to linking up with the Mavericks for the 2013-14 campaign. “A lot of NBA guys are afraid to go over there,” Larkin told the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach recently. “I think it’s because they don’t think they’re good enough to go over there and then come back, but I know now from experience that I’m good enough to do it. I’m not afraid to do it if that’s the best situation for me.”

Last season, Larkin averaged 14.4 minutes per night with the Celtics, scoring 10.7 points per game. His playing time increased when Kyrie Irving was sidelined with knee issues in March. 

While Larkin was a solid bench scorer for the Celtics, his return seemed unlikely with the signing of guard Brad Wanamaker. Larkin has played for four different NBA teams in four seasons. 

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