We've learned that former Gonzaga Bulldog Micah Downs will attend the Boston Celtics training camp. Downs, who has been on the move throughout Europe following his career at Gonzaga, will be looking to latch on to the Celtics as a versatile swingman. Since graduating form Gonzaga, Downs has played in Croatia, Belgium, and most recently Spain. He averaged 13 points per game a season ago and was given a shot in the summer league with the Dallas Mavericks. While he only saw about 10 minutes per game with the Mavs this summer, his background was enough for the Celtics to throw him an invite.
Downs has always been a Zag that projected well in the professional ranks. As a lanky wing, he has the skill set to be a solid role player in the NBA. He can make the open jumper with regularity and defends extremely well. Like many former Zags looking to make it on an NBA roster, Downs has worked on making himself a more complete player while in Europe.
Micah joins several other former Zags in the NBA, most of which are looking to make it on a new team. Here is a quick rundown:
-- Ronny Turiaf: The most established of the bunch is fresh of an NBA title and signed with the Clippers over the summer
-- Austin Daye: Unfortunately, Austin has struggled a great deal since joining the Pistons as a lottery pick. He is still in Detroit but has been the subject of many trade talks and needs a big season to turn things around or else he may find himself on the outside looking in.
-- Adam Morrison: Adam was recently extended and accepted a training camp offer with Portland. He signed a 1-year non-guaranteed contract but many are upbeat that he will catch on in Portland.
-- Jeremy Pargo: After spending some time overseas, Jeremy played his first full season in the NBA last year with Memphis. He was traded this offseason to Cleveland and will be fighting for a roster spot behind Kyrie Irving.
-- Robert Sacre: Rob was drafted as the last pick in the NBA Draft this past offseason and will be looking to make the Lakers roster. I would be surprised if he didn't make the roster this season as a reserve big man.
-- Steven Gray: Steven was extended a training camp offer by the Washington Wizards and, like Morrison, singed a 1-year non-guaranteed deal.