Lofton has offer to play on Celtics summer league team

Chris Lofton said he’s ready to play for the Boston Celtics — at least, this summer.

“Boston got in contact with my agent when I was playing Turkey and said it was interested,’’ Lofton said. “I’m definitely planning on going to the (NBA) summer league with Boston.’’

The NBA Summer League takes place July 10-19 in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-2 Lofton signed as a free agent with Denver after finishing his career with the Vols as the SEC’s all-time leading 3-point shooter and played for the Nuggets in the NBA Summer League before getting cut.

Lofton worked out in front of NBA teams at the Memphis Grizzlies facilities this past weekend along with 30 or so other players.

“All we did was play games and scrimmage a lot,’’ said Lofton, who was the third-leading scoring in the Turkish League and set a record with 61 points in one game. “I shot pretty good, but I also missed some shots I should have made.

“I could have played better.”

Lofton said there were a number of players who played in Europe and in the NBA Developmental League (NBDL) also at the workout.

Former UT teammate JaJuan Smith was Lofton’s roommate at the workouts in Memphis.

“JaJuan is doing good,’’ Lofton said. “I believe he has a workout with the Dallas Mavericks this weekend.’’

Smith made it to the final cut with Dallas last fall, but he did not play professionally in Europe nor in the NBDL last winter.

Lofton said he will continue to workout at UT with hopes of getting more opportunities, and he might play in the Pilot Rocky Top League at Bearden High School on Monday.

“Coach (Rick) Campbell called me today,’’ said Lofton, who would be assigned to Campbell’s 0-2 ChoiceSpine team. “We’ll see about it.’’

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Comments » 28

MidTennVol writes:

Go for it, Chris, if the Grizzlies don't roar for you.

robvols#366273 writes:

-Great, just what my Nets need, more good Celtic players! I am a UT Alum and love my Vols, but am a die-hard Nets fan, too.

bhjohnso#207063 writes:

there is no way to make me believe that there is not a place for a guy who shoots the ball as well as
chris lofton in the nba. seriously.

chad_t31 writes:

Oh hell yeah...go to the c's c-lo!! Wonder if KG would let him borrow #5?! haha

voloffaith writes:

in response to TarHeelRules:

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THR it is time to grow up and enjoy life. If you derive pleasure from agitating others there can be no lasting joy for you.

Make intelligent comments that promote dialogue(not rants) and life might actually be enjoyable for you.

On topic, hope you make the NBA Chris and appreciate all you sacrificed as a VOL!!!

bigbluevol writes:

I just don't get the point of the Tar Heel fan even being on here. We're not rivals, everyone acknowledges that UNC is a better overall basketball program, and we don't even play often. Bashing the Vols and Pearl seems really unnecessary. Go fight with Georgia Tech fans or NC State fans or Duke fans. You're definitely out of place here.

smokeysal22 writes:

I would love to see CLO goto the Celtics, I have often said that he was my favorite bball player next to Larry Bird. Good Luck Chris and remember that KG guaranteed that the Celtics will win the next 2 championships, would be great to see you win a ring......

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

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It doesn't matter if you reply to him or not, he is not going away. He is either a child or an old fart with nothing else to do. If you have read his post, it is quite obvious that he knows absolutely nothing about sports. People with knowledge of sports know the truth about Pearl and what he has done for Tenn basketball. We are headed towards the upper echelon of teams in the nation. It doesn't happen over night but he has us on the right track after many years of frustration. We have always been a football school but are fast becoming a power in basketball as well. Let them bash, it beats the heck out of watching them cry and moan.

golfballs03 writes:

Sounds like a good opportunity

BasketVols writes:

Some team is going to give him a chance and, like he did in college, he will prove his worth and that he is valuable because he is a GAMER and can make his own shot.

movol53 writes:

Here's your chance Tar Heel to show everyone that you are more than just a pain in the arse; since you know everything about BB provide an intelligent, insightful answer to this real question.
Question??
If Lofton takes the "summer job"
with the Celtics how will this
impact his future?
This certainly does not guarantee Lofton a "job" in the NBA.
And if you do not have an intelligent, insight answer then I will have you removed from this board.

TrouserCough writes:

tear it up Chris

Youtee1 writes:

Would have loved to see him drop 61 in a game.

gatorzwearstebowpanties writes:

in response to bigbluevol:

I just don't get the point of the Tar Heel fan even being on here. We're not rivals, everyone acknowledges that UNC is a better overall basketball program, and we don't even play often. Bashing the Vols and Pearl seems really unnecessary. Go fight with Georgia Tech fans or NC State fans or Duke fans. You're definitely out of place here.

There is no point to Tar Heel being on here other than the fact that he is a jerk with nothing better to do than come on this site and try and stir things up. More than likely he is actually gatorz/frontward and backwards/1thru100 or district of columbia/florida. They are like most of the trolls on here and are the same people.

CoverOrange writes:

Tarheel started off as a fairly civil poster. Raising some questions and issues he saw as a non-kool aid drinker, albeit a long time UTFB fan, and posters gave him craep for it. Thus he now just posts unsubstantiated diatribes about the ineptness of Pearl.

People here create the monsters then whine about them. Ignoring them won't make them go away but does make life easier. Somebody set up a SEP field!

give_him_6 writes:

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Finally, a nice post from TarHeel. I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head. There are quite a few European teams that can spend to get a shooter. Not so sure in the NBA. Good luck Chris. You were one of the best I've seen in person play for the Orange.

Go Vols

bkgunter writes:

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movol53 writes:

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See Tar Heel that wasn't so difficult was it?? You can state your opinion without being as smart arse about it.
Many Vol Fans are / have been disappointed over whatever their favorite sport is at UT and they have expressed their thoughts without being an arse.
Thanks, Tar Heel.
See Vol Fans Tar Heel can write intelligently but for some reason chooses not to most of the time. All Fans love their teams and everyone else's s k. That's just the way it is. But it should not prevent intelligent posting!!!

voloffaith writes:

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Thanks for a nice post and good dialogue on Lofton article. Sorry some were rude to you in the past as a poster said. I might not agree with you ,but I won't stoop or slither on the ground and call you, or anyone for that matter, a mo-ron.

Have a good day! Ps I agree Chris has a shot in europe as he did in spain previously. His lack of foot speed on d seemed to hurt him at the college level.

BasketVols writes:

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Come to the Orange side Young TarHeelsTool, it is your destiny....

BasketVols writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Thanks for a nice post and good dialogue on Lofton article. Sorry some were rude to you in the past as a poster said. I might not agree with you ,but I won't stoop or slither on the ground and call you, or anyone for that matter, a mo-ron.

Have a good day! Ps I agree Chris has a shot in europe as he did in spain previously. His lack of foot speed on d seemed to hurt him at the college level.

He played in Turkey...

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to Agent_Orange:

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what are you smoking??????--no other player since PP?????-----having to play thru a cancer as admirable as that is doesnt assure anyone a place on an NBA team ahead of others with better overall ability

allvol9 writes:

Go get em Chris....all Vol fans are pulling for you!

oldvolsfan writes:

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stupid

eduardo writes:

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uncle roy a good coach???Didnt he learn his trade from green jeans????

voloffaith writes:

in response to BasketVols:

He played in Turkey...

gobble...gobble

My geography was baaad.

tallfry writes:

in response to bigbluevol:

I just don't get the point of the Tar Heel fan even being on here. We're not rivals, everyone acknowledges that UNC is a better overall basketball program, and we don't even play often. Bashing the Vols and Pearl seems really unnecessary. Go fight with Georgia Tech fans or NC State fans or Duke fans. You're definitely out of place here.

That guy (tarheelz) is obviously a little hater on the UNC bandwagon (ballsy pick there, dude) who attends UT, is very unpopular, and feels that pissing off people on GVX is revenge towards his classmates for not being his friend, sleeping with him, inviting him out, etc. He's just a bitter little kid who feels like a loser so he cheers for a winner with no connection to him. I think most of these trolls share that story, except the idiot bammers who really are obsessed with UT.

b_neas writes:

Good for you C-lo. Hope you make it somewhere. One of the best to wear the orange ever and even a better person. I will be in attendance the day they hang your jersey from the rafters!!

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