Turkish center Semih Erden on summer league roster
|07.02.10 at 3:04 pm ET|
The Celtics announced their roster for the Orlando Summer League and there is a very intriguing name on it: Turkish center Semih Erden.
Danny Ainge suggested before the draft that the time may be right for Erden to play in the NBA. The Celtics have held his rights since selecting him late in the second round of the 2008 draft. Erden could have a role on the 2010-11 Celtics, who are starved for height.
Erden will be joined by Tony Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette, who joined the team late in the season. Their contracts are not guaranteed for next season and a strong showing in the summer league is a first step toward earning a roster spot.
Second round pick Luke Harangody will also play, but first round pick Avery Bradley will not. He will have a scope performed on his left ankle and is scheduled to be out six to eight weeks.
Here’s the full roster with games scheduled to begin Monday.
NO. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. College
41 Jaycee Carroll G 6′2 180 Utah State
50 Semih Erden C 7′0 240 Turkey
27 Tony Gaffney F 6′8 215 Massachusetts
45 Rodney Green G 6′5 190 La Salle
55 Luke Harangody F 6′8 255 Notre Dame
46 Matt Janning G 6′4 198 Northeastern
60 Vyacheslav Kravstov C 7′0 270 Ukraine
40 Oliver Lafayette G 6′2 190 Houston
56 Art Parkahouski C 6′11 260 Radford
47 DeShawn Sims F 6′8 225 Michigan
48 Ryan Thompson G 6′6 220 Rider
49 Ryan Wittman F 6′7 215 Cornell