Vincent Poirier
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Vincent Poirier talked about his decision to leave Baskonia and move to the NBA to sign with the Boston Celtics.

Here is what the French big man told Basket USA:

On leaving Baskonia to join the Celtics: “They were in contact with my agents, not with me. But I preferred to finish the season with Baskonia.

We organized the EuroLeague Final Four and I really wanted to participate. We failed to make it but I don’t regret staying until the end of the season.

They wanted me for the playoffs, but it’s not easy to integrate on such a team. I think it was better for me to wait, do the training camp, preseason and start the new season with them.”

On speaking with Boston’s head coach Brad Stevens and big man Enes Kanter: “I’ve spoken with the coach. He knows me as all members of the club. He told me what he expects of me.

He knows what I can bring to the team and I think he likes my profile. He’s a great coach and I’m happy to play for him.

I have also talked with Enes Kanter but not about the game. He’s a good guy and I hope we’ll perform well this season to do some great things with Boston. A legendary franchise.”