The short answer is no, but the Celtics GM does see a role for his Brazilian center going forward. Via the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, here's what Danny Ainge recently had to say about Vitor Faverani's future with the team and the progress he is making recovering from knee surgery:
Vitor is rehabbing right now in Spain. He rehabbed here after his surgery, and while he’s over there we’re communicating with him and the people who are rehabbing him. He’ll either come in or we’ll go see him some time during the summer. He won’t be ready to go for summer league.
I think he proved he was good. When he was getting minutes for us and when he was playing in the D-League, I think he proved to everyone that he’s an NBA player.
He was the only guy on our team this year that was actually any presence at the rim at all. Because Hump (Kris Humphries) was playing well, and Brandon and Kelly and Sully were all playing well, it was just tough for him to get in the rotation. There’s also the language barrier and a cultural thing, but as far as the talent, we think he is definitely an NBA player.
I’d like to get an additional (rim protector), but I think Vitor has proven he can play a role for us.
The last line of the quote says everything you need to know. Translation: "Faverani is cool and all, and he's a nice backup option to have at a discount price, but obviously we need a legit starter."
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