DeShawn Sims invited to Celtics training camp

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

With the departures of Fab Melo, Shavlik Randolph, and Kris Joseph, Danny Ainge has a roster spot to play with and right now, it looks like he's looking for players to compete for it.

I love this news.  I'm a Michigan guy and I've always loved Sims.  The kid's got guts and has battled through a lot of personal adversity.  On the floor, he always reminded me of a tougher version of Ryan Gomes.  He's undersized at 6'8, but he'll bang with the big boys and has got pretty decent range.  I hate to say this because he was so great in Ann Arbor, but had he been a Butler Bulldog, he would have been perfect in Brad Stevens' grinding system.

Sims isn't a stranger to the Celtics.  After going undrafted three years ago, he played on our summer league team and tore it up as a Maine Red Claw that season.  He's bounced around internationally, but this could be a chance to finally play stateside.  As Jay King at MassLive.com suggests, Danny could choose to waive the newly-acquired Donte Greene in favor of signing a rookie minimum contract with Sims and more importantly, staying under the luxury tax line.

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