The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League open rookie camp on Wednesday and don't believe they'll have the services of unsigned second-round draft pick Matt O'Donnell. The rumored hang-up? Interest in O'Donnell from the Boston Celtics. The Leader-Post of Saskatchewan explains:
It's believed that O'Donnell has not signed because there has been some interest in the Canadian offensive tackle by the NBA's Boston Celtics. O'Donnell, who is listed at 340 pounds, hasn't played basketball since high school. O'Donnell and Hardaway could not be reached for comment Monday.
Taman had heard about the possible interest in O'Donnell by the Celtics, but that was the extent of it.
"The crux of the matter is we start rookie camp on Wednesday and (O'Donnell) may be the only draft pick (of five in the 2011 CFL draft by the Riders) we don't have in camp at that point,'' Taman said.
* Forsberg's take: OK, we all know the Celtics could use a big man and at 6-10, 340 pounds, O'Donnell fits the bill. Alas, we'd have to assume that any initial interest is merely curiosity if the 22-year-old O'Donnell hasn't played hoops since high school.