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Celtics work out Jay Williams, among others

The Celtics completed a second day of free agent workouts today with close to 20 players attending, including familiar names such as Jay Williams, former Minnesota draft pick forward Ndudi Ebi, former second-round pick center James Lang, former Hornet and Nugget guard Junior Harrington, former Temple point and development league player Lynn Greer and former Raptor forward Ousmane Cisse.

The most intriguing of the invitees was Williams, the former No. 2 pick who continues to attempt an NBA comeback after a horrific motorcycle accident in June 2003, in which he suffered a fractured pelvis, torn knee ligaments and nerve damage in his left leg.

‘‘He has come a long way physically,’’ said executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge. ‘‘I saw him workout last year in Chicago and he’s made great strides in a year. He really knows how to play. He has a really good feel for the game. I think he’ll get a chance, but I don’t know. There are a lot of good basketball players out there.’’

Could he get that chance with the Celtics?

‘‘I don’t know,’’ said Ainge. ‘‘There are 30 teams he’s trying out for. It’s too early to tell [if he would be a fit for the Celtics].’’

The Celtics have one more workout of draft prospects scheduled for Thursday. Ainge recently returned from Minneapolis, where he watched several players work out, including intriguing foreign shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha, Washington guard Brandon Roy, UConn forward Rudy Gay, Memphis forward Shawne Williams and Brazilian forward Marcus DeSouza.


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