Former University of Michigan power forward DeShawn Sims will be in training camp with the Celtics this fall, the 25-year-old tweets (hat tip to Sportando). Sims was on the Suns summer league team last month, and he spent the past season playing in Lebanon.
Sims went undrafted in 2010 despite notching 16.8 points and 7.6 rebounds as senior with the Wolverines. He upped his scoring numbers in parts of two seasons with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, averaging 19.1 PPG and the same 7.6 RPG. He managed 10.8 PPG and 4.0 PRG in 19.7 minutes per contest with the Suns this summer, enough to convince the Celtics that he deserves a shot.
The Detroit native will compete with newly acquired Donte Greene, who has a non-guaranteed deal, and any other training camp invitees the Celtics sign. Boston already has 14 guaranteed contracts, as our roster counts show, and with the team near the luxury tax line and only obligated to carry 13 players, Sims figures to have an uphill battle to make the team.