Former Celtic Nate Driggers guilty of possessing stolen guns

CHICAGO -- A former player for the Boston Celtics has been found guilty of receiving guns that were stolen off of a freight train in Chicago.

A federal jury on Thursday found Nate Driggers guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.

Prosecutors accused the 43-year-old Driggers of being a dealer of stolen goods.

The theft of around 100 new handguns, valued at $50,000, occurred on April 12, 2015, at a South Side rail yard. Prosecutors say the thieves were street gang members and delivered 30 guns to Driggers the same day.

A defense lawyer said the government's main witnesses are the thieves themselves who have reason to lie in hopes of reduced sentences.

Driggers' NBA career was brief. He played in about a dozen games for the Celtics during the 1996-97 season.