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Is It Too Early To Talk Summer League?

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Before we get too deep into the draft and trade talk, I'd like to give a shout out to everyone's favorite week of the summer: The Vegas Summer League.

Last year we got our first view of Rajon Rondo's budding potential.  We also got duped into some false hope in Sebastian Telfair.  Anything can happen and most of it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but it is a lot of fun.

I would expect we'll see all our second year players return to the summer games.  That means more Rondo fun, more deep bombs from Allan Ray, and more aggressive play from Leon Powe.

If we don't trade our picks, we'll see the 5th pick in the draft and the second pick in the second round show up for their first work in Celtic green. Danny seems to be able to find players that don't get drafted (Ray, Pittsnogle, etc.) and give them a shot.  It might be an even better chance this year with such a deep draft.

There is a report that the team will likely invite a couple of international players to Vegas.  Remember Albert Miralles?  We got his rights from the Heat on that big Antoine Walker trade.  He's fresh off a good showing in his league's playoffs but I've heard from fans overseas to not get our hopes up too high for him.  The other guy is point guard Sergio Sanchez, and again nobody seems to be expecting him to be Tony Parker.  But we'll give him a look and see what he can do.

Aside from that, you can expect the usual cast of guys trying to catch on somehow.  I wonder what happened to Akin Akingbala.  I was kind of interested in seeing what he could do last year.  In fact, now that I think about it, he probably would have been a lot more helpful than Olowokandi.

I think the team can have a veteran player on the roster (Artest and Stoudamire played last year for various reasons), but the only "older" player I could see participating would be Gerald Green, and I'm not sure what else he has to prove in the summer league setting.  I would tend to think it is too early for Tony Allen to start rehabbing against live competition, but you never know.  Will we see a Theo Ratliff sighting?  Even though it will be in Vegas, I wouldn't bet on it.

Still, it is always a fun week and it could be even more exciting if we have one or two rookies on the floor for the first time.  On the other hand, we'll also have to watch Oden and Durant too.

For video and photos from last summer, see the Celtics site here.