|Bye bye Tony Gaffney||10.02.10 at 3:57 pm ET|
Citing a numbers game, Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced Saturday that the team had waived rookie forward Tony Gaffney from the team on Saturday. The move brings the current roster to 17.
Gaffney, who played as a standout at UMass, was the final cut of the Lakers before last season, before signing on with a team in Israel. He injured his ankle in his first game overseas and returned to the States to rehab. Gaffney and Oliver Lafayette on April 14 to get an extended look at both over the summer.
The 25-year-old Gaffney, a native of Berkley, Mass., was a Celtics fan before becoming a standout at Somerset High School.
And as a senior at UMass, he was Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in a season, averaging 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.
|Report: C’s waive Oliver Lafayette||09.25.10 at 1:59 pm ET|
On the eve of opening training camp the Celtics have waived guard Oliver Lafayette, according to a report on the Herald’s website.
Lafayette was a longshot to make the roster with Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson and possibly rookie Avery Bradley slotted ahead of him, but no doubt he would have liked the opportunity to compete.
Lafayette played well during the Orlando summer league and looks like a player who can stick on an NBA roster in the right circumstances. He also performed well with Fort Wayne in the D-League, averaging over 17 points and six assists per game.
The move leaves the Celtics with 16 players on their training camp, and it seems likely they will add a few more. Competition for roster spots will be fierce, however, because the C’s have 13 players on guaranteed contracts.
That leaves Delonte West, Von Wafer and Tony Gaffney fighting for two spots. Danny Ainge spoke enthusiastically about West before the team’s annual charitable golf outing. West is facing a 10-game suspension to start the season, so it’s possible that Wafer, or another veteran, could serve as insurance until he is able to return.
|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
|Unexpected Reunion for Davis and Lafayette||04.14.10 at 11:44 pm ET|
Glen Davis got a surprise when he arrived at TD Garden on Wednesday.
He entered the locker room and saw his childhood friend, Oliver Lafayette … in Celtics warmup gear?
“I walked in and I was like, ‘What’s up man?! Baton Rouge!’” Davis exclaimed.
Davis and Lafayette have known each other since elementary school and played AAU basketball together in Louisiana. Unbeknown to Davis, Lafayette had recently signed with the Celtics. The former D-League standout received the call just two days ago while he was driving to Baton Rogue.
“My agent called me and told me Danny Ainge had called him. When he called me, I almost ran off the road driving,” Lafayette said before suiting up for his first Celtics game. “I had to pull over for like an hour or two. I had to regroup myself. I called my mother and told her the good news.”
The 25-year-old guard came to the Celtics by way of Brown Mackie (Junior) College, the University of Houston, Erie BayHawks and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He is thankful for his time in the NBA Development League, where he says the coaches gave him the green light to play ball.
“My coaches just taught me the game,” he said. “They put the ball in my hand and let me go to work, learn how to read the defense and stuff like that.”
This season Lafayette averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in 48 games for the Mad Ants, and ranked 10th in the league in steals. He was named NBDL Co-Performer of the Week after averaging 26.4 points, 8.0 assists, and 6.4 rebounds in his last seven games.
“He’s a scorer,” said Davis. “He’s a scoring point guard. He can play the point, he can play the one, play the two. He’s efficient with his jumpshot, playing defense, he’d be good for our team.”
The rookie made the most of his first opportunity with the Celtics in their 106-95 loss to the Bucks. He scored seven points (3-6 from the field, including 1-of-2 on threes), grabbed four rebounds, and dished two assists in 21 minutes. Davis believes it is time for Lafayette’s hard work to pay off.
“He’s a great guy, a wonderful player. I think he’s a great player, actually,” he said. “Oliver, I’ve always though of like a late-bloomer as far as his opportunities. He played high school at Capitol High School … he went to [junior college], every time it was a late-bloomer. He went to University of Houston, played great over there, and now he’s just finally really getting his opportunity.”
Lafayette’s goal is to play well enough to earn a contract with the Celtics next season. In the meantime, he is trying to digest a whirlwind 48 hours that has taken him from the roads of Louisiana to the Garden parquet.
“I can’t believe it myself right now,“ he said. “This is a great opportunity, great guys, great team, and great players I’ve been looking up to my whole life.”
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