Boston Celtics: Robert Swift
Things worked out pretty well for Boston. But Ainge remained intrigued by Swift, enough so that the big man joined the Celtics' summer league team before the 2009-10 season, though no contract offer materialized. Swift soon landed with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, but appeared in only two games before departing due to personal reasons. He spent last season with Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League.
And now his old coach suggests Ainge and the Celtics might still be interested.
JAPAN TIMES: BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK: SWIFT UPDATE
Big man Robert Swift, who played for the on-hiatus Apache in 2010-11 could wind up with the Boston Celtics after the lockout or the New York Knicks, according to former Tokyo Apache coach Bob Hill.
The obvious question is whether there is legitimate interest (the Celtics certainly have a need for big men) or a coach trying to talk up a loyal player. The Ainge-Swift jokes have seemingly been around so long, you'd think Swift was old and gray by now. But Swift is only 25 years old (and still has the red mane) and, as Doc Rivers noted before this year's draft, "There's only so many 7-footers on Earth and half of them can't play." Swift, who shared the Apache frontcourt with Golden State Warriors draft pick Jeremy Tyler this past season, averaged 13.8 points on 61.7 percent shooting (a quarter of his field goals were of the dunk variety). Depending on how Boston is able to fill out its frontcourt once the lockout is lifted, maybe it wouldn't be a tremendous surprise to see Swift land a camp invite.
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