KETCHIKAN, Alaska — In every cloud there's a silver lining, but Damen Bell-Holter might not have to settle for silver.
He might have found a pot of gold.
Days after the German basketball team Telekom Baskets Bonn decided not to renew his three-week tryout contact, the Ketchikan High School graduate said he received an invite from one of the most storied franchises in the NBA — the Boston Celtics.
"Of all the teams to invite me to training camp, it being the Celtics is crazy," Bell-Holter told the Ketchikan Daily News. "I was getting a bunch of offers; I was probably going to take an offer in Greece. Then (my agents) were like, 'The Celtics want to invite you to training camp.' I knew I had to jump on that."
The training camp invite does not guarantee a contract or a roster spot, but it would afford the 6-foot-9 Bell-Holter the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of new Boston head coach Brad Stevens.
"I have a lot of respect for him," said Bell-Holter of Stevens, who led Butler to back-to-back NCAA title games before jumping to the NBA this offseason. "He was a mid-major coach, so I feel like he'd give me a real shot. It just seems like it's a really good situation."
Bell-Holter also is from the mid-major ranks, having played four years at Oral Roberts University.
The power forward averaged a career-best 15.5 points per game and 9.4 rebounds during his senior year, apparently catching the eye of the Celtics' new coach.
"My agent said (Stevens) specifically knew who I was, and wanted me at their camp," Bell-Holter said. "So that's really cool."
Bell-Holter said he has not spoken with the Celtics directly, and that his agents "do all that stuff."
His agents are Toby Bailey and Mitch Butler — both former college players at UCLA who went on to play professionally in the NBA and overseas.
The Celtics have yet to officially announce their roster for training camp.
Bell-Holter, who came to Ketchikan for a couple days to train and "clear my head," flew to Boston Wednesday to begin acclimating to the environment.
NBA training camps open on Oct. 1.
"It's a non-guarantee (contract) — I'll just be out there at the camp workout, and we'll see what happens," Bell-Holter said. "My mindset is that I'm just completely focused. I'm at the training facilities all day just trying to get better."
Bell-Holter enjoyed his short, three-week stay in Germany, although he said the split with Telekom was mutual.
"I wasn't really a good fit with the team," he said.
Telekom head coach Mathias Fischer told the team's website that Bell-Holter is "a great guy who unfortunately did not fit into our concept as a type of player."
Bell-Holter is hoping the Boston Celtics will be the fit he's always dreamed of.
"It's always been my dream to play in the NBA, so I'm going to focus on that first," he said. "If I have to have a backup plan, then I'll have a backup plan."
Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com