Celtics sign Kansas State SG Rodney McGruder, Indiana PF Christian Watford to fill out training camp roster
|08.21.14 at 9:52 am ET|
In addition to signing Penn State point guard Tim Frazier, the Celtics have inked former Kansas State shooting guard Rodney McGruder and former Indiana power forward Christian Watford, presumably to non-guaranteed contracts, according to Hoop365’s Mark Deeks.
While Frazier, McGruder and Watford sounds like a law firm, the reality is the trio fills out the C’s training camp roster and allows them to stash the organization on the Red Claws this winter. The biggest wrinkle, as Deeks points out, is the newly signed Celtics bring the roster to the offseason maximum of 20 players — before Evan Turner has made his deal official.
However, with their commitment to all three undrafted rookies likely minimal for 2014-15, the C’s will have six non-guaranteed contracts, including Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. Trading Bogans, or anybody really, remains a possibility. In other words, the Celtics have options to make room for Turner, and none of the six non-guaranteed players are expected to be on the 15-man roster when the Nets come to town on Oct. 29.
McGruder averaged 15.6 points (44.2 FG%, 33.6 3P%, 75.2 FT%), 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.5 minutes per game as a Kansas State senior in 2012-13. Undrafted out of college, he played last year for the Magic in the Orlando Summer League, the Bobcats in Vegas and the Thunder during preseason.
Ultimately, McGruder signed with Atomeromu SE in Hungary, where he averaged 14.1 points (47.6 FG%, 23.2 3P%, 70.1 FT%), 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.9 minutes. In Vegas again this summer, he averaged 4.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12.2 minutes for the Warriors.
Watford averaged 12.3 points (43.2 FG%, 48.0 3P%, 81.1 FT%) and 6.3 rebounds in 27.9 minutes as an Indiana senior in 2012-13. Also undrafted out of college, he has sandwiched summer league stays with the Pacers, Mavericks, Pistons and Warriors around a season on Hapoel Elite in Israel, where he aerated 9.6 points (42.9 FG%, 30.5 3P%, 80.4 FT%) and 5.2 rebounds in 26.1 minutes. He and McGruder were teammates in Vegas this summer.
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