Celtics hold workouts for potential draftees


Celtics hold workouts for potential draftees

By A. Sherrod Blakely

The Boston Celtics continue to work out potential draft picks at the team's practice facility this week.

On Monday, the C's had a split group of big men as well as guards. Some of the more notable big men included a pair of 6-foot-9 forwards, Terrence Jennings and Vernon Macklin from Louisville and Florida, respectively. Boston's workout also included a pair of 7-footers in USC's Nikola Vucevic and UConn's Charles Okwandu.

Vucevic is expected to be a late first-round pick, while Jennings and Macklin are pegged as potential second-round selections. Okwandu, the starting center for the NCAA champion Huskies, is unlikely to get drafted.

Boston's workouts also included guards Kevin Anderson from Richmond and Demontez Stitt from Clemson. Both are trying to string together impressive workouts and work their way into being potential second-round selections

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, plans to cast as wide a net as possible when it comes to preparing for this year's draft. The Celtics have the No. 25 pick as well as the No. 55 pick in this month's draft which will be June 23.

"Because of where we are in the draft, it's not easy getting guys in for workouts, because players can only do so many workouts," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "But between the guys we have in, the guys we've seen during the year and during group workouts, we'll see more than a 100 players so we'll have all the bases covered."

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Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.