NBA training camps are set to begin on the same day as the free agency period, Dec. 9, leaving the Boston Celtics to open camp with just eight players — six returners and two rookies, assuming that E’Twaun Moore opts out of his Italian contract to return to the States.
Considering how barren Boston’s roster currently is, an eight-person opening practice will be the first of many lockout side effects to impact Boston’s preseason. Everything will be condensed — training camp, the free agency period and preseason (I assume). Danny Ainge will need to make quick decisions on whether to re-sign Jeff Green and/or Glen Davis. Boston’s GM will likely try to woo Delonte West back to Boston, could very well sign undrafted free agent Gilbert Brown (who was rumored as a possible Celtic before the lockout), and will need to add at least two bench big men, not to mention a host of embalming chemicals to slow down the pace of Jermaine O’Neal’s decomposition.
The NBA lockout means the offseason will be fast and furious. And if Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge suit up on day one, the Celtics might even be able to run five on five.