Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Red Claws sign Sims
By Chris Forsberg
The Maine Red Claws added another player with Celtics ties Wednesday, bringing in DeShawn Sims, the Michigan product who played for Boston during the Orlando summer league.
Sims had been invited to Celtics' training camp in late July, but ended up signing with a team in Greece. He's back stateside and hoping to work his way to the NBA via the D-League.
The Red Claws now boast a handful of players with Boston ties with Jamar Smith and Tiny Gallon two of three assigned players (final camp cuts that shuttled to Boston's minor league affiliate after agreeing to D-League deals; the other, Stephane Lasme, is recovering from foot surgery). Mario West, another camp cut, ended up back in Maine after spending time there at the end of the 2009-10 season. Maine coach Austin Ainge, the son of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, also coached Boston's summer league team in Orlando. The ties between the parent club and D-League squad can only be beneficial to both sides.
To make room for Sims, the team waived Lamonte Ullmer. Here's more on Sims from the Claws:
Sims, 22, joins the Red Claws from PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece), where he averaged 12.3 points per game in three games played this season. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward out of the University of Michigan, signed with PAOK Thessaloniki after playing for the Boston Celtics during the NBA Summer League in Orlando and the Dallas Mavericks in Las Vegas. As a senior at Michigan, he averaged 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.