Player News - Celtics

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Rajon Rondo has been ramping up his contact activities, and the team’s medical staff will reevaluate him early next week.

"Now it’s just a matter of getting clearance, really," said Stevens. "Because everything else, from a skill standpoint, from an understanding standpoint -- he’s been running our offense in 5-on-0, up and down the court, for 10 days now. And he picks it up pretty quickly anyways." Rondo hasn't yet been ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it looks like he's going to be on the early end of his initial 6-8 week timetable. If Rondo is unable to go for opening night, Marcus Smart will draw the start, however, his value will be short-lived with Rondo expected to return sooner rather than later.
Source: ESPN
Oct 24 - 11:30 AM

Celtics waiver F Erik Murphy.

After the release, Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said Murphy is "intrigued plus" about joining Boston's D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He shouldn't have been on any draft lists before this news, but fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues can officially move on from Murphy.
Oct 23 - 1:25 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard.
Oct 23 - 1:09 PM

Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
Oct 23 - 1:00 PM

Gerald Wallace finally showed up on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, five assists and three steals in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

This was the first time he's topped three points in the preseason. The artist formerly known as Crash has been pretty rough to own over the last two seasons, and we see little reason to use a draft pick on him this year.
Oct 22 - 10:16 PM

Tyler Zeller nearly double-doubled with 11 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

He's been the "surprise" of Celtics camp and is averaging 9.4 points, nearly six rebounds and nearly a block over his last five preseason games. Kelly Olynyk is the center you want to own in Boston, but Zeller is someone owners in deep, two-center leagues should think about in the late round of drafts.
Oct 22 - 10:14 PM

Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
Oct 22 - 10:12 PM

Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so.
Oct 22 - 10:07 PM

Jeff Green made the most of his nine minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points and pulling off a spectacular chase-down block from behind against Sergey Karasev,

The nine minutes are weird, but there are no reports of injury and we're guessing Brad Stevens just wanted to take a look at some other players. Green should be a big part of what the Celtics do this season and we're just hoping he can be more consistent than he was a year ago.
Oct 22 - 9:56 PM

Vitor Faverani (knee) could be cleared for practice in late November or early December.

It sounds like the team isn't going to waive him, but it's possible they still do so. Faverani has no fantasy value.
Oct 22 - 7:26 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him.
Oct 22 - 5:59 PM

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


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