Player News - Celtics

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While you can't tell it by looking at him and despite not stepping on a scale in months, Jared Sullinger says he's in better shape this season, and that he doesn't get as tired.

"I think he’s in better shape than he was when he got here, certainly, at the start of last year, and really through most of the year," coach Brad Stevens said. "But it’s still about getting in better shape." In other words, while it's likely that Sullinger is indeed in better shape than he was at this time last year, it doesn't sound like he's quite in ideal condition. The Celtics have a lot of options at both PF and C, and it remains to be seen where Sullinger will end up in the rotation. We should have a better idea in a couple weeks, but he's someone fantasy owners will want to target in the later rounds after the big names are off the board.
Sep 30 - 8:56 PM

Avery Bradley will not be an option at point guard this season.

Coach Brad Stevens said he wants to play Bradley exclusively at shooting guard. That means sense because Bradley really struggled at the point and had a mini-breakout last season after being bumped to the wing. The Celtics offered up some big money to keep him and he could improve even more in his age-23 season.
Sep 30 - 8:16 PM

Vitor Faverani (arthroscopic knee surgery) practiced on Tuesday but "didn't do all the things," according to coach Brad Stevens.

Faverani said his knee is "perfect" but he's being held out of two-a-day practices as a precaution. He projects as a backup in a crowded center rotation, and may not be active on opening night after being arrested for a DUI this summer. So far, neither the Celtics nor the league have punished him.
Sep 30 - 5:18 PM

Gerald Wallace (knee surgery) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.

The veteran forward had surgery back in March and he should be healthy for opening night, but his role is uncertain on the Celtics' busy roster. Brad Stevens said that Wallace might play some PF early in the season, but that's just one more reason to fear for his fragile health.
Sep 30 - 5:16 PM

Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace may earn minutes at PF early in the season, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Green reportedly got stronger this season and aims to be a leader for Boston, but fantasy owners would settle for an improvement on last year's lousy 41.2 percent shooting. The possibility that he and Wallace might play some PF spells trouble for Brandon Bass, especially if Jared Sullinger is starting at PF on opening night.
Sep 30 - 5:13 PM

Evan Turner played some PG during the Celtics practice on Tuesday, and coach Brad Stevens said that only Rajon Rondo is better than Turner in pick-and-rolls.

Turner said he's more comfortable with the ball in his hands, which is patently obvious to anyone who has watched his four-year career. Last season, Turner attempted 39 percent of his shots in the paint, 46 percent from 8-24 feet, and the remaining 16 percent from beyond the arc. He shot 42.5 percent from the field as a result and it's hard to envision him being more efficient as a backup swingman and makeshift PG in Boston this season.
Sep 30 - 4:29 PM

Rajon Rondo said he'd like to stay with the Celtics going forward and Danny Ainge appears to be on the same page.

"The fans, the people here, make me want to stay," said Rondo. "The organization has been great. I can’t say enough about Danny and [majority owner] Wyc [Grousbeck]." Rondo is set to become a free agent next summer and Ainge expects him to get an offer of roughly $107 million over five years. Whether the Celtics will be ready to pony up that kind of cash next season is up for debate, but it is possible that Rondo stays with the Celtics if all goes well this year. He'll miss the first couple weeks of the season waiting for his broken hand to heal.
Sep 29 - 9:56 PM

Vitor Faverani told media on Monday that he's fully recovered arthroscopic knee surgery he had back in March that caused him to miss most of the 2013-14 season.

"My knee's perfect," Faverani said. Head coach Brad Stevens also confirmed that Vitor is healthy enough to begin training camp, but he likely won't have him participate fully in the two-a-day practices. Faverani finished last season with averages of 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, and as a guy buried on the bench in a deep frontcourt, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 8:12 PM

Celtics' coach Brad Stevens said that he feels Marcus Smart is physically, mentally, and emotionally ready to fill in for Rajon Rondo as the team's starting point guard.

Smart will get to showcase himself a bit earlier than expected with Rondo's freak hand injury, and Boston management will likely be paying very close attention to how he fares as the team's starting point guard. Rondo also said he anticipates playing a lot alongside Smart this season, however, from a basketball standpoint it doesn't make much sense to have two non-shooters play together in the backcourt. Smart profiles as a late-round target in standard leagues, with Rondo potentially missing the first 10 games of the season, and a potential trade of Rondo that would catapult Smart to full-time starting duties.
Sep 29 - 2:52 PM

Kelly Olynyk said his wrist injury is not an issue and he will full participate in training camp.

He was dealing with a wrist injury back in August, but nothing was structurally wrong. Olynyk is going to split the center minutes with Jared Sullinger, but he hasn't done enough to warrant a selection at the end of a standard fantasy draft.
Sep 29 - 2:38 PM

Danny Ainge said that the Celtics will be cautious with Rajon Rondo, implying he will be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

Rondo tried to say that he thought he would be back faster than people were saying, but Ainge quickly interjected, stating that the Celtics will be cautious. Trade rumors have been swirling around Rondo, so it wouldn't make much sense for Boston to bring him back to the court until he's officially 100 percent. Rondo is set to miss 3-10 games of the regular season, and during that time Boston will get to see how Marcus Smart fares in the starting point guard role. Rondo is definitely an injury risk, and we wouldn't recommend drafting him until the second half of drafts.
Sep 29 - 2:18 PM

Celtics sign G/F Evan Turner.

The deal is expected to be for two years and $6.7 million. It's taken over two months for the Celtics to come to terms on an official deal, but it was just a formality with all their guaranteed deals on their roster. Turner will likely come off the bench behind Avery Bradley and Jeff Green on the wings. He's never been great from a per-minute standpoint, so he's not worth drafting in almost any league.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 29 - 12:13 PM

Kerry Hughes, co-owner of the Altitude trampoline park, said Rajon Rondo (hand) did not even jump while at his daughter's birthday party.

He reportedly broke his hand in a fall in the shower, but reports of him going to a trampoline park popped up just hours later on Saturday. Interestingly, Rondo has previously said he showers five times a day on game day because he does his best thinking in the shower, so that does make some sense. Regardless, he's out 6-8 weeks and will likely miss 3-10 games to start the season.
Source: Mass Live
Sep 29 - 9:34 AM

Malcolm Thomas was officially waived by the Celtics.

He had almost no shot at making the team and Thomas is not worth drafting in any format.
Sep 28 - 5:23 PM

The Celtics have officially waived John Lucas III.

He was never expected to remain with the team. He has no fantasy value and we will update you if another teams scoops him up.
Source: Marc Stein
Sep 28 - 5:20 PM


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