Former Celtic draftee Ben Bentil signs with Chinese team Xinjiang
Ben Bentil, former Providence College star and 51st pick of the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft, is leaving the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants to play overseas in China. Bentil, who is signing a short-term deal to replace injured former New Jersey Nets big man Andray Blatche, is expected back in Fort Wayne this season to play for the Mad Ants.
Source: D-League's Ben Bentil signed short-term deal to replace injured Andray Blatche with China club Xinjiang.
"In an African community, at a young age, you’re considered a young man,” Bentil said. “It was a sacrifice I had to make for me and my family. At the end of the day, it was an opportunity for me to better the life of me and my family, so I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that happens."
Evidently, whatever it takes did not involve playing for the Celtics, which has been a disappointment to many. However, as is the norm, the Celts supported Bentil and his decision to leave, wishing him only the best. With the roster crunch for Boston's bigs being what it was, it's hard to blame the guy.
#Celtics president Danny Ainge said Ben Bentil will likely look for a better chance to make an NBA roster, cited Boston's frontcourt depth.