With training camp less than two weeks away, a handful of players were at the Celtics practice facility today working out for team president Danny Ainge.
Adam Morrison, Rashad McCants, Trenton Hassell, and Cuttino Mobley were a few of the names.
“Just taking a look before training camp,” Ainge said. “Those guys are all good NBA players. I thought all four guys looked very good actually. It was a very good workout.”
The Celtics have 15 players under contract, but Ainge is still keeping an eye out for shooters. Training camp starts Sept. 28 in Waltham.
“We’re looking to bring the best 15 guys in, and probably some more,” Ainge said. “We’ll probably have some younger guys to evaluate in the camp process. We’re trying to give the veterans an idea where they’re at. We’re going to look at everybody that might be available.”
Morrison, 26, has won two titles with the Lakers although he’s played just 39 regular-season games the past two seasons. McCants, a former teammate of Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, popped up on the Celtics’ rumor mill radar several times during free agency. He signed a deal with the Rockets at the start of last season, but it was taken back the second day of training camp because of an abdominal injury. Hassell, a nine-year veteran, played 52 games with the Nets last season. Mobley’s last NBA stop was with the Clippers during the 2008-09 season. He retired in 2008 because of a heart condition.
“McCants looked really good,” Ainge said. “He shot the ball well, he competed at a high level. I’m really surprised that he’s not in the NBA right now. Same with Adam Morrison, making shots, making passes. The guys looked hungry, they looked fit. And that’s with Hassel and Mobley, too. Mobley, for being out of basketball the last couple years, the guy really knows how to play.”
Ainge also confirmed he was considering former Nets assistant Roy Rogers to replace the team’s former big man coach, Clifford Ray.
“Nothing’s finalized, but we’ve had conversations,” Ainge said.