Boston Celtics: Cuttino Mobley

Never satisfied

September, 17, 2010
Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesKG and Rashad McCants go way back.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge insists Rashad McCants is an NBA player. Kevin Garnett gives him the thumbs-up as a teammate. So could McCants find a way onto the Boston roster this fall?

McCants is one of four intriguing players Boston auditioned earlier this week, along with Adam Morrison, Cuttino Mobley and Trenton Hassell. But Ainge suggested it's been a revolving tour of NBA-caliber players and he's simply practicing due diligence as the new season approaches.

"It's just part of the evaluation process," said Ainge. "You see who's in what kind of shape and where they are at. You're evaluating players, that's all part of it."

Ainge admits he likes a lot of what he saw in working out McCants, Morrison, Mobley, and Hassell. But with training camp little more than a week away, he said, the team is still merely in evaluation mode.

"We're evaluating a lot of people," said Ainge. "Our roster is pretty darn full. We have to figure out, are the players that we have better than what's available? That's what we're doing now."

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No end to offseason

September, 15, 2010
NBAE/Getty Images(Left to right): Cuttino Mobley, Adam Morrison and Rashad McCants are on Boston's radar.
Asked earlier this month to evaluate his offseason haul after signing Delonte West to fill out the Celtics’ roster, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he preferred to wait until the offseason ended to make such judgments, hinting the team might not be done shaping the roster it will carry into training camp later this month.

The Celtics auditioned a handful of bodies this week at the team’s training facility, including familiar NBA names Adam Morrison, Rashad McCants, Cuttino Mobley and Trenton Hassell, a league source confirmed.

News of the workouts was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

While Boston’s roster is maxed out at 15 players signed for the 2010-11 season (and that doesn’t include Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette, who boast non-guaranteed deals), Ainge doesn’t appear ready to call it a summer, even after signing a whopping 11 contracts this offseason.

The Celtics appear focused on evaluating wing players with potential to provide depth behind Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, as there is some concern with each of the current reserve perimeter players signed for next season in West (10-game suspension), Marquis Daniels (injury history) and Von Wafer (limited game action last season).

Here’s a quick glance at the four noteworthy names brought in for evaluation this week.

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