Gabe Pruitt has not had many chances to perform when it counts for the Celtics. And Pruitt, who has played 461 minutes in 62 games in two seasons, might not get another opportunity with the team.
An NBA source confirmed yesterday the Celtics are attempting to trade Pruitt, whose option deadline is Friday. The Celtics are leaning toward not picking up Pruitt’s option, which would leave the guard free to sign with another team.
Pruitt, 23, was a second-round draft choice in 2007 out of USC. He played in 15 games his rookie year, spending much of the season in the Development League. Last year, Pruitt made a strong impression during the exhibition season but seldom played in the regular season, averaging 2 points and playing only 11 minutes in the playoffs. Pruitt was one of the top point guards in the Orlando Summer Pro League earlier this month.
Pruitt is unlikely to be used as part of a sign-and-trade deal involving Indiana guard Marquis Daniels, since the Pacers have three point guards. A three-team trade involving Pruitt also is unlikely, a league source said.