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NBA considers delaying training camps

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  December 6, 2011 12:00 PM

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The NBA is considering pushing back the start of training camps from Friday to Monday for team like the Celtics who have just six players under contract.

WALTHAM -- The NBA is considering pushing the start of training camps from Friday to Monday, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, in order to give teams more time to fill out their rosters. The Celtics currently have six players under contract but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said whatever the date, he expects to have a team ready.

"We'll have a team," Ainge said. "There may be stragglers, but we'll have a team."

Free agents like Jeff Green expect to be in camp the first day, but hammering out contract details and physicals and other logistics could make that difficult. Celtics president Danny Ainge said he expects to learn transitionary rules in the coming days.

"Nothing has been given to us regarding transitionary rules yet," Ainge said. "The league is communicating. I think they're working through a lot of stuff right now. It's a long difficult process that a lot of people are working hard on."

Yesterday was the first day teams could reach out to players, and Ainge and his staff have been working the phones with interest in their own free agents Jeff Green, Glen Davis and Delonte West and also others including Reggie Evans, Anthony Parker, Shannon Brown, Kwame Brown and Marquis Daniels.

"I don't think we'll have a team finalized for training camp, but I think we'll have a team," Ainge said. "Whatever the rules are, we'll be ready."

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