Mid Level Options

Marc Spears throws out the following names as options for the Mid Level Exception:

The list of possible mid-level exception candidates, more or less for some, includes: Atlanta's Mike Bibby, Josh Childress, and Marvin Williams, Charlotte's Raymond Felton, Chicago's Ben Gordon, Cleveland's Anderson Varejao, Dallas's Jason Kidd and Brandon Bass, Denver's Linas Kleiza and Chris Andersen, Detroit's Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace, Indiana's Rasho Nesterovic, the Lakers' Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom, Memphis's Hakeem Warrick, New York's Nate Robinson and Chris Wilcox, Oklahoma City's Desmond Mason, Orlando's Marcin Gortat, Phoenix's Grant Hill, and San Antonio's Drew Gooden.

"We'd spend it on certain players," said Celtics president Danny Ainge. "We are not going to spend it for sure, but we would spend it on the right person."

He also discusses briefly the Celtics young players:

Ainge expects House to wait until June 30 to make his decision, while a decision on Pruitt [team option] will come after summer league play.

Ainge believes that youngsters Pruitt, Bill Walker, and J.R. Giddens are just as good as the mid-to-late draft prospects he's been scouting of late. Their play this summer and in training camp (assuming Pruitt is there) will play a big part in deciding their role with the Celtics next season.

"It's going to be a big summer for them, big training camp," Ainge said.

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