Boston Celtics: Cuttino Mobley
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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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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