Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Jamar Smith hopes to crack the Boston Celtics’ roster as a backup point guard but may wind up in Portland for a second stint with the Red Claws.
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Challenges or not, Smith is confident.
"I love my chances," Smith said. "I never shy away from competition."
EVEN IF SMITH is one of the 15 players chosen for the Celtics' roster, he could still sometimes play in Maine.
The Red Claws are the sole affiliate of the Celtics this year. Up to three players on the 15-man roster can be sent down to play D-League games.
If Smith is cut by Boston, he will be offered a D-League contract in Portland. The money won't be great but with the new agreement between the Red Claws and Boston, the Celtics are controlling the basketball side of the business.
If Smith's future is playing point guard in the Celtics' system, Portland might be his best option if he doesn't yet make the NBA cut.
"He's been learning the (point guard) position as a pro," Ainge said. "He's made great strides. I think he'll get better and better as he gets more experience."
THE CELTICS DON'T have to have their roster down to 15 until the end of the month. Their season opener is Oct. 30 in Miami.
The team still has five exhibition games left, including Monday in Philadelphia and its first game at the Garden on Tuesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
THE RED CLAWS will get an idea of their roster when the D-League conducts its draft Nov. 2. Training camp should begin around Nov. 12.
MAINE COACH Mike Taylor and his staff have been working with the Celtics during the preseason.
"It's been like a clinic every day," he said. "Doc and his staff have been fantastic. The Celtics have provided us an opportunity to learn the system and really just study. Man, I'm taking full advantage of it."
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