Celtics Work Out Hassell, McCants, Morrison, and Mobley: What Do We Make of It?
With Celtics training camp less than two weeks away, we fans are looking to the front office, led by Danny Ainge, to find the team the best possible talent for this season.
Today, we learned that four veterans worked out for the team: Trenton Hassell of the New Jersey Nets; Cuttino Mobley, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers; Rashad McCants, formerly of the Sacramento Kings; and Adam Morrison of the Los Angeles Lakers. Two of the four, McCants and Mobley, didn't play last year.
“Just taking a look before training camp," Ainge said in The Boston Globe. "Those guys are all good NBA players. I thought all four guys looked very good, actually. It was a very good workout."
Statistically speaking, Mobley had the best points season last year, averaging 13.7 points per game, though he played in only 11 games due to a heart condition. McCants averaged 9.6 points per game in 2008-09, his last season, playing in a total of 58 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings. Hassell averaged 4.5 points per game, while Morrison notched 2.4 points per game last year.
Ainge noted that McCants and Morrison shot the ball and passed well during the workout. McCants played three years in Minnesota, two of them with current Celtic Kevin Garnett. This might benefit him if he joined the Celtics, since he'll have some familiarity.
On the other hand, however, he's a shooting guard, and the Celtics are certainly not in need at the position. It would be far more beneficial for the Celts to pick up a pure point guard to back up Rajon Rondo.
Adam Morrison had decent stats in his years in the league, and is a small forward who could come off the bench to relieve Paul Pierce. Plus, he used to be a Laker, and you know you always get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when you have players leave the Purple and Gold to join the Green.
Cuttino Mobley has had a good career, but he's 35 now, and it may not be in the Celtics' best interest to pick up another player in their twilight. Yes, they picked up Shaq at 38, but he fills a big hole at center created by Kendrick Perkins' season-shortening injury. Again, I don't think it's a good idea to keep picking up older players; maybe a younger player who's still seasoned.
It will be interesting to see what the front office does. Ainge is a pretty smart individual, and, in the end, only he and Doc Rivers truly know who will fit best in the Celtics lineup. Look for updates to see who of these four and any others the Celtics might pick up.
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