In addition to draft picks JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, the Celtics also have undrafted University of Pittsburgh guard Gilbert Brown in town to meet with the coaches.
Brown told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , that Celtics head of basketball operations Danny Ainge contacted him shortly after the draft to say that Boston would be interested in signing the fifth-year senior, who averaged 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a fifth-year senior for the Panthers.
"I'm definitely encouraged that the Celtics were interested," Brown told the Post-Gazette. "I was talking to them all day. They said it was the flip of a coin [between Moore and Brown] when it came time to make the pick."
Contracts for undrafted free agents will not be offered, however, until the NBA's labor situation is resolved, and so Brown is planning on going to Germany if a lockout occurs. However, when NBA teams are ready to sign players, the 23-year-old suggested that he was inclined to sign with the Celtics over other teams (such as the Suns) that expressed interest based on his talks with Ainge.
"He told me I could be the Wesley Matthews of this draft," Brown told the paper, referring to the undrafted guard who signed with the Jazz in 2009, emerged as a starter and then became a key contributor (averaging 15.9 points per game) after signing a lucrative free-agent contract with the Suns last year. "Of all the teams I worked out for, Danny was the most excited to have me in. He really feels like I can make their team and contribute the first year. He was really confident in my ability. He felt like I stood out in my workout."
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