BOSTON (CBS) — Yam Madar had hopes of cracking the Boston Celtics lineup during the 2021-22 season. But he will instead remain overseas after signing a deal with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade.
Madar, a second-round pick by Boston in 2020, has reportedly signed a three-year deal with Belgrade. The deal was announced Wednesday, one day after Boston wrapped up play in the Las Vegas Summer League.READ MORE: Tom Brady Is Selling A Special T-Shirt For His Return To Foxboro
Madar played in three games for Boston before missing the final two contests with a groin injury. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 46.7 percent for the Summer Celtics.READ MORE: Rob Gronkowski 'Likely' To Play Vs. Patriots, Despite Injury Scare On Sunday
He reportedly turned down a two-way contract from the Celtics to sign overseas. The signing of Dennis Schroder likely played a role in Madar’s decision, since his chances of getting an opportunity in Boston took a hit when the veteran guard was signed last week. Madar will now have a chance to log plenty of playing time for Belgrade and compete for a EuroCup. He played for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli League from 2018-2021, where he averaged 17.1 points over 30 games last season.MORE NEWS: The Patriots Need A Lot More Out Of Jonnu Smith -- And The Tight End Knows It
Boston will retain Madar’s rights and he could be a member of the Summer Celtics again next offseason.