Free agent forward/guard M.L. Carr is expected to sign a two-year contract with the Celtics over the weekend. "We expect to finish it tomorrow," Celtics general manager Red Auerbach said yesterday. "M.L. will probably be out at camp." Auerbach's annual rookie camp opens in Marshfield today. No. 1 pick Greg Kite, ex-CBA guard John Schweitz, free agents Greg Stewart and James Ray, plus nine other Boston draft selections will participate in the scrimmages which begin tonight at Marshfield High School at 7:30.
Auerbach said that veterans Gerald Henderson, Dennis Johnson and Kevin McHale also plan to participate before the rookie camp closes next Thursday. The 32-year-old Carr has been with the Celtics since 1979. His last contract, which paid him $315,000 in 1982-83, expired at the end of last season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were reportedly interested in his services. Auerbach wouldn't discuss Carr's contract terms, but the Celtics had made it clear they would expect Carr to take a pay cut after playing only only 11 minutes and averaging 4.3 points last year.