Ryan Thompson in NBA summer leagues
Thompson, whose draft stock improved significantly because of strong showings on the NBA workout circuit, would have been far from an NBA lock had he been taken late in the second round, as some anticipated he would.
As it turns out, Thompson became a free agent Thursday night. Friday morning, he signed on to play with the Celtics in the Orlando summer league July 6-9; and the Kings in the Las Vegas league July 11-18.
Thompson has a lot to prove. But he'll enter summer play knowing he's played better basketball over the past two months than he did during most of his senior year.
First up is Orlando, where he'll join other Celtics roster hopefuls in the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League.
The Celts' roster hasn't been finalized, but their schedule is below:
Monday, July 5- Boston vs. Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 6 - Boston vs. Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 7 - Boston vs. Charlotte, 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 8 - Boston vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Friday, July 9 - Boston vs. New Jersey, noon