Jamar Smith Rumors

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Though Smith is billed more as a natural scorer with a long-range shooting touch, at 6-foot-3, he’ll have difficulty distinguishing himself among the influx of more seasoned players Boston already has at the shooting guard position. Boston is using the preseason to see if Smith can be molded into a backup point guard, and even though he didn’t play major minutes in either of the first two preseason games, his time on the floor revolved around facilitating the offense. Doc Rivers said he’s still looking for Smith to be more consistent, though he understands he’s trying to lead a squad of veterans, while going head-to-head with Rondo in practice. “[Smith hasn’t] been consistent yet. Listen, I wouldn’t want to have to guard Rondo everyday in practice,” said Rivers. “That would be no fun. I think Jamar would probably echo that. I don’t know if he’s a point or not — and that’s one of the things we’re working and we’ll find out.
As Mickael Pietrus has discovered, there may not be much room left at the inn now that Dooling is coming back. That said, the Celtics have still not spent their $1.9 million biannual exception on anyone. Their roster, including Dooling and the recent addition of Jason Collins, is now one over the league maximum at 16. Guard Jamar Smith will be brought into training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, and guard Dionte Christmas is partially guaranteed.