Brad Stevens said he saw Jabari Parker as more than a stop-gap after the Boston Celtics signed Parker to a two-year deal.
“This is, as you saw by the details that came out, is a plan beyond this year. We’re going to be patient in bringing him along,” said Stevens on Saturday.
Stevens said he saw Parker as a power forward or as a small-ball center.
“We’re looking mostly at him as a guy who can play some four (power forward) for us but also some small-ball five (center) in some lineups.
“Especially around some of our better players as a ball mover, as a passer, as a playmaker, as a driver, as a guy that can put the ball in the basket and is a real threat to put the ball in the basket,” added Stevens.
Parker scored 11 points in 16 minutes in his Celtics debut, a 119-114 win over the Warriors.