WALTHAM - After spending the past week bonding in Istanbul and Milan while getting lots of love from EuroCeltics Nation, the Boston Celtics are back to grinding away in training camp.
After going for more than two hours at the practice facility on Wednesday, a drenched Kevin Garnett provided insight into how grueling practice had been.
"Tough practice today," Garnett said. "It was hard, a very physical practice but a very good one. It felt like a playoff practice today."
Indeed, the plan gong into Wednesday's practice was to work the team pretty hard after giving them Monday (a travel day) and Tuesday off.
"We ran them a lot," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "It was a hard practice. I thought we needed it off the trip. We took two days off which you never do in training camp. And I think we have to get in better shape. With all those, you have a hard practice."
Rivers said the team had a couple of good practices overseas, "but overall, everything was shorter. You had to be careful because guys were still jet-lagged. So the trip was good for us. Now we can get back to work."
Avery Bradley (recovery from shoulder surgeries) and Chris Wilcox (back) did not practice. There is still no timetable for when they will resume full team participation.
Former Celtics big man Kris Humphries is among the players the Celtics are interested in bringing in via free agency, sources tell CSNNE.
The 6-foot-9 Humphries, 31, who averaged 8.4 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Celtics in 2013-14 after coming to Boston as part of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Nets, averaged 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for three teams (the Wizards, Suns and Hawks) last season.
Evan Turner revived his career with the Celtics the past two years and is now drawing plenty of interest around the league as free agency opens.
The unrestricted free agent averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a sixth man last season with Boston. The Sporting News reports that the Knicks, Lakers, Bulls, Pelicans, Mavericks and Grizzlies are looking to bid for Turner.
Turner earlier expressed an interest in returning to the Celtics, who have their immediate focus on meetings with Kevin Durant and Al Horford this weekend and dealing with their other free agents Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko and restricted free agents Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, as well.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports the interest between the Lakers and Turner is mutual.
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