The Celtics roster just got a little more crowded for training camp.
According to a report from Mark Deeks of Hoop365, Boston has signed Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to one-year contracts that are expected to be non-guaranteed.
Deeks also passed along a quick scouting report on both players in his piece:
Watford, a jumpshooting combo forward, attended summer league this year with both the Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, averaging 8.5 points in two games for Detroit. He has spent the one year of his professional career thus far in Israel. McGruder meanwhile did not appear in summer league for anybody, yet last year spent some time with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 6’4 off-guard is also only one year into a professional career, spending the bulk of his first campaign in Hungary with Atomeromu, averaging 14.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 27 minutes a contest.
The Celtics also added former Penn State guard Tim Frazier to the squad earlier this week on a one-year non-guaranteed contract. Bringing aboard Frazier, McGruder, and Watford puts the Celtics roster at the league maximum of 20 signed players for training camp.
With the signing of swingman Evan Turner imminent, the Celtics will have to clear out a roster spot before training camp to make room. A trade or cutting a player with an non-guaranteed deal (such as Chris Babb, Chris Johnson, or Keith Bogans) are a couple possible solutions to the problem.
As the team is currently constructed, McGruder, Frazier, and Watford don’t have a significant chance of making Boston’s 15-man roster, but these training camp invites will let the Celtics front office and coaching staff get a closer look at all three players. If any of the players impress in camp like Chris Babb did last year, they might get a call up to the Celtics’ roster during the year if some roster spots open up.
Knowing that the possibility of some roster turnover in Boston is high during the upcoming season given Danny Ainge’s tendency to wheel and deal, the Celtics may be looking to make some midseason additions yet again.