The Celtics currently seem to have a logjam at the guard position, particularly shooting guard, but that isn’t stopping Danny Ainge from continuing to evaluate potential talent.
Free agent Nolan Smith, a 2011 first round pick of the Trailblazers, is expected to participate in the Celtics’ training camp.
As noted in Kennedy’s Tweet, Smith was part of the Celtics summer league roster, but was injured less than five minutes into the first game. He was held out for the remainder of the week with a lower leg issue.
Smith spent two seasons with Portland, averaging 3.3 points per game and 1.2 assists per game. Here are highlights below of Smith’s rookie season.
Injuries have plagued him however, eventually causing the Trailblazers to let him go.
The rebuilding Celtics are in a position to take a chance on Smith, and see whether he can overcome his propensity for injuries. Smith was the ACC player of the year in his final season at Duke, averaging more than 20 ppg.
Boston’s staff and management should be quite familiar with Smith. Brad Stevens had his heart-broken against Smith, when Butler lost in the 2010 National Title game against Duke. Also, His father, Derek Smith, played for the Celtics during the 1990-1991 season.
With Ainge still looking to tinker with his roster, Smith could be a cheap and high upside signing if one of the other shooting guards are traded away this summer.