The Celtics and first-round draft choice J.R. Giddens were unable to broker a contract before the start of Boston's four-day rookie/free agent minicamp today in Waltham and the 30th overall selection is absent as the two sides hammer out an agreement.
The Globe's Monique Walker writes for tomorrow's editions:
As of yesterday afternoon, first-round pick J.R. Giddens had not signed a contract, and as a result had not participated in minicamp.
"It would be nice if J.R. were here,’’ said Celtics GM Danny Ainge. ‘‘Gabe and [Davis]
are getting a lot out of it. We’re getting a chance to see a lot of other guys. It’s not the end of the world, but it would be better if he were here, sure, for him.’’
In the meantime, Giddens is working out in Dallas. ‘‘Once we get his contract signed, J.R. will be excited to be a part of any and all workouts,’’ said his agent, Aaron Mintz.
Walker also reports that free agent center Chris Andersen arrived in Boston today and will meet with Ainge and the Celtics' staff tomorrow.
As for the players that were in attendance for minicamp, Celtics.com provided the following numerical roster (with contracted players in bold):
11 -- Davis, Glen
13 -- Pruitt, Gabe
60 -- Brown, Bobby
62 -- Cook, Omar
63 -- Shakur, Mustafa
67 -- Mays, James
68 -- Hawkins, David
69 -- Butch, Brian
70 -- Anderson, Alan
71 -- Basden, Eddie
72 -- Gaines, Charles
73 -- Morris, Randolph
74 -- Noel, David
75 -- Roberts, Lawrence
76 -- Pettway, Aaron
79 -- Covile, Ryvon
See the previous entry for a photo gallery from today's minicamp.
In other Celtics news Wednesday, both center Kendrick Perkins and second-round draft choice Bill Walker underwent surgery.
Both players had arthroscopic surgery at New England Baptist Hospital, with Perkins getting work on the left shoulder he aggravated during the NBA Finals and Walker having his right knee repaired after injuring it during a pre-draft workout.
With no contract for Giddens, surgery for Walker, and second-round draft choice Semih Erden returning overseas to play out the final year of his contract with Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) of the Euroleague, the Celtics do not have any of their rookies at minicamp.
Assuming they sign rookie contracts, Giddens and Walker are expected to vie for roster spots at training camp in October.