The Boston Celtics, embroiled in an international legal battle over guard Brian Shaw, got some good news on another front: Dino Radja says he's now free to play for Boston.
The Yugoslavian forward was chosen by the Celtics in the 1989 draft, but obligations to a team in his homeland prevented him from coming to Boston. After the Celtics reached agreement with the team Jugoplastika, the Yugoslavian Federation said he could not play for Boston this season.Radja told The Boston Globe Tuesday that all the problems have been cleared up and he is now able to move to the United States.
"I have spoken with the three head people from the federation, including the president," Radja told the newspaper in a telephone interview from his home in Split, Yugoslavia. "I explained to them Jugoplastika sold my contract to Boston. I explained to them they (Jugoplastika) no longer have me.
"They told me not to worry, that they would not try to stop me from playing with the Celtics. So it is no problem. I wasn't really worried about it, because I knew my contract with Boston was good," he said.
It was not immediately clear whether Radja would show up in time for the Celtics' rookie camp, slated for July 21-24. Radja's new agent, Marc Fleischer, said he is considering holding his client out of the camp.
He said Radja has been training with the Yugoslavian team.