One ex-Celtics guard could make his NBA return this offseason

Nick Friar
March 26, 2020 - 2:41 pm
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The recent “Classic Celtics” broadcast of the first game from Boston’s 2018 NBA Playoffs run featured quite a few players who are now with other NBA teams. Kyrie Irving was on the sideline while Terry Rozier, Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris all played alongside Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Semi Ojeleye.

But there are two others who played for the Celtics in that game that are no longer in the league.

One is Greg Monroe, who playing in 43 NBA games last season -- two for the Celtics. He signed a deal last summer to play overseason for Bayern Munich.

Then there’s Shane Larkin, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2018 NBA Playoffs. He’s been with Anadolu Efes Istanbul of the EuroLeague for the last two seasons. But 2019-20 could be the final season of Larkin’s latest stint overseas.

According to Keith Smith of NBC Sports, Larkin is “expected to receive significant interest,” when the NBA offseason begins. “Multiple teams” view him as a high-end backup point guard.

After averaging 13.5 points per game in his first season with Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Larkin averaged 18.6 points a night on 50.6% shooting (45.4% from deep) while playing 27.5 minutes per game over 37 contests.

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