Former Portland guard and current unrestricted free agent, Nolan Smith, is expected to receive an invite to the Boston Celtics’ training camp. Smith was supposed to play on the Boston Summer League team, but was forced to miss the opportunity after spraining his calf in the 1st quarter of game one in Orlando.
With all due respect to Nolan Smith (although that qualifier seems to negate its meaning), if the Celtics bring him on, even the most die-hard of C’s fans won’t be able to deny Boston’s remarkable tank job (or as Bill Simmons calls it, “Riggin’ for Wiggins”).
Between Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Phil Pressey, the Celtics are already heavy at the point. Smith will have to show something special in order to displace anyone on Boston’s crowded roster; be that untapped potential or a caliber of play just good enough for Danny Ainge to deny further diving shenanigans.
Last season for Portland, Smith played just 7.2 minutes per game with 0 starts, while missing 42 games due to injury and general uselessness. Whether that uselessness stemmed from Stotts’ perceived lack of need for Smith in the lineup or Smith’s overall incompetence is up for debate, though it was more than likely a mixture of both.
Either way, it looks like Nolan Smith may find a home after all. He has seen more progress on this front than former teammates Luke Babbitt, Jared Jeffries, and Sasha Pavlovic, who helped form the worst bench in the league last season. Ronnie Price, however, signed with the Orlando Magic today, after being waived by the Blazers at the trade deadline to make room for Eric Maynor (now on the Wizards).