Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Will Bynum's agent is working with the Celtics to find a suitable trade, failing which Bynum is expected to be waived.

The 31-year-old Bynum has recovered from a strained hamstring but hasn't even joined the Celtics for training camp. "It’s a tough time of year to make a trade," a league source told the Boston Herald. "Teams are still trying to get used to their rosters, see what they have. Most likely [the Celtics] will have to waive him." No matter where he lands, Bynum will fill a fantasy-irrelevant bench role.
Oct 21 - 2:27 PM

Celtics waive F Christian Watford.

In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks.
Oct 21 - 11:51 AM

The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards.
Source: ESPN
Oct 21 - 10:28 AM

Nolan Smith is likely to be waived by Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.

Smith signed with the Turkish team in August, but was sent to Galatasaray's young team after a discussion with coach Ergin Ataman. The Duke alum is still just 26 years old, but the fact that he can't hook on overseas pushes him even further from a return to the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Oct 21 - 9:32 AM

Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Oct 21 - 9:11 AM

Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

"I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format.
Oct 20 - 4:46 PM

According to head coach Brad Stevens, Rajon Rondo is "progressing great" from his broken hand, and there's a possibility he's able to suit up on opening night.

Rondo didn't want to put an official date on his return, but he did say that his hand hasn't been bothering him. "When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me," said Rondo. "But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand." Rondo has yet to do any contact work, but there's a possibility he's cleared for that by the end of the week. Boston is going to be very careful with Rondo's recovery, but it's looking like he's making great progress, and even if he's not able to go for opening night, he could return within the first week of the regular season. This is also potentially bad news for Marcus Smart. Stay tuned.
Oct 20 - 2:15 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) said on Monday that he hasn't had any contact in practice yet.

He said he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the opener and he doesn't "wanna put any set goals." Rondo had been very optimistic before this quote, so chances are he'll likely miss at least a week of the regular season. He wasn't very good last year in reality with the Celtics only going 6-24 with Rondo and his value in fantasy has taken a hit, as well. Fantasy owners should let someone else deal with him.
Oct 20 - 12:18 PM

Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day.
Oct 19 - 5:39 PM

Brandon Bass was impressive off the bench for the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and adding six rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, and one block.

He looked great but starter Jared Sullinger played even better by posting 21 points and 19 boards. Bass may carve out a nice role off the bench this season but he won't be worth drafting in almost any format.
Oct 19 - 5:36 PM

Avery Bradley started at point guard and scored 12 points on Sunday, adding one assists, one rebound, one block, and one steal in 26 minutes.

He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 0-of-4 from deep so it wasn't the best game from him. His value will elevate slightly until Rajon Rondo returns, but Bradley is little more than a late-round asset at the moment.
Oct 19 - 5:31 PM

Evan Turner went 1-of-9 from the field during Sunday's first ever 44-minute NBA game.

He scored three points and didn't do much else with one rebound, one assist and two steals to go along with three turnovers. It is this kind of inefficiency that scares fantasy owners away and even with the promise of playing time by coach Brad Stevens, Turner is nothing more than a late-round flier.
Oct 19 - 5:24 PM

Jeff Green scored 14 points on Sunday against Brooklyn while adding six rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer.

He was supposed to be a breakout candidate last season but didn't really live up to the hype. However, he will be one of the leaders of this young Celtic team and they will have to rely on him to do a little bit of everything this season. With that said, he will be a decent option late in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 5:20 PM

Jared Sullinger posted a massive double-double in Sunday's win over Brooklyn by scoring 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and adding 19 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three 3-pointers in the NBA's first ever 44-minute game.

He had his way with Brooklyn all afternoon and the 3-pointers are really encouraging. It should be noted that he also had five fouls which has always been a concern with him. Sullinger is the clear starting PF and games like this only solidify his role. He will be an excellent value pick late in standard league drafts.
Oct 19 - 5:16 PM

Evan Turner is happy to be starting the 2014-15 season with Boston, and is looking to carve out a role early with his new team.

"For sure, for sure it’s about finding the right fit in this league," Turner said. "Because I started [here with Boston] at the start of the year, I have the opportunity to carve out my niche with my teammates." Brad Stevens likes what he's seen from Turner so far, and has said that he "has to play." Turner has also had some increased opportunity this preseason with Rajon Rondo (hand) out, and Jeff Green sidelined for the first four games. It's unclear just how many minutes Turner will average this season, especially once Rondo returns, but it looks like he could cut into some of Jeff Green's time. Because Turner isn't a great shooter (career 42.7 percent from the field), doesn't hit 3s, and doesn't offer much defensive stats, he should be viewed as a late-round flier at best in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 11:07 AM


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