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Celtics pick up Tony Gaffney

Apr 13, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

If a team is picking up a player now, it’s more about a body for practice and getting a look at him for maybe a roster spot next year.

Tony Gaffney is getting that look from the Boston Celtics. The former University of Massachusetts star is expected to sign a deal today.

Gaffney is a favorite of player development specialist and ESPN.com writer David Thorpe, who helped with his training. Gaffney played with the Lakers last Summer League and through their training camp this year, where he made it to the final cut down. The Lakers coaching staff wanted to keep him, but already carrying the league’s highest payroll the team did not add him (doing so even at a minimum salary would have added more than $1 million to the Lakers bottom like due to the luxury tax).

Gaffney played this season for Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon club in Israel, until he injured his foot. At that point he left the team to come back to the United States for treatment. Apparently it is well enough that the Celtics will give him a look.

  1. Peter Moniz - Apr 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    as a resident of Berkley,Ma the Moniz/Sims family are so proud of Tony and I know the Celtics won’t ever be disappointed.

  2. K - Apr 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Went to high school with Tony…so happy for him!

  3. Jle - Apr 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Man I played ball with him in Vegas and honestly, boy got some crazy skills. He had this one sick crossover that was basically hypnotizing. Made me go to Sleep on the real! Good luck to ya Bro!

  4. AR. - Apr 14, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    As his next door nieghbor all i got to say is congrats to Tony cuz he worked his ass off and he really deserves everything he got. Good luck Tony! I hope to see you on tv. he comes from a great family and I hope he’s successfull.- Areed

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