Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Kelly Olynyk (knee) returned to the court on Saturday and was able to do about 80 percent of Canada's practice.

"I'm definitely getting better each day," Olynyk said. "I wasn't doing this back on Tuesday, Wednesday [or] Thursday. So that's definitely a positive sign." The injury was never considered serious, so Celtics fans can expect him to be 100 percent prior to training camp. With Amir Johnson, David Lee and Jared Sullinger all vying for minutes in the frontcourt, Olynyk is not a recommended target in fantasy leagues this season.
Source: TSN
Aug 30 - 12:17 PM

Marcus Smart (fingers) resumed basketball activities last week after being sidelined for an entire month.

Smart will now have a full month to prepare for training camp, so there is no question that he will be 100 percent. Currently penciled in as the starting point guard on opening night, Smart will look to carry the momentum that he had in the summer league into the upcoming season. Give him a look in the later rounds if you need a boost in treys and steals, but Isaiah Thomas will be the point guard to own in Boston even in a bench role.
Aug 30 - 9:16 AM

Kelly Olynyk (knee) will be fine for next week's game against Mexico.

There was never much concern on Olynyk's knee, but there's no reason to push him. He couldn't get consistent minutes with the Celtics last season, so that might be even tougher with David Lee and Amir Johnson around.
Aug 26 - 3:46 PM

Tyler Zeller is reportedly considering agreeing to an extension with the Celtics.

If Zeller wants to maximize his value, restricted agency would likely be the best route, although there is a belief that Zeller would like to lock in to an extension now in order to give himself some security. With the additions of David Lee and Amir Johnson, it could be tough for Zeller to return to last season's averages of 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
Aug 26 - 10:27 AM

Kelly Olynyk (knee) will not play in Canada's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

To be clear, the team has repeatedly stated that Olynyk's knee injury is not considered serious, and that they are just playing it safe in what is essentially a meaningless game for the Canadian National Team. The FIBA tournament starts on August 31, so we'll be watching to see if Olynyk suits up once the games matter. As for fantasy hoops, Olynyk will be playing in a very crowded rotation in Boston, and it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Aug 25 - 5:35 PM

Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said Kelly Olynyk is fine after injuring his knee on Sunday.

Triano said he's just sitting Olynyk for precautionary reasons as Canada plays two exhibition games in advance of the FIBA Americas Championship. While Olynyk seems to had avoided serious injury, he won't see enough time in the Celtics frontcourt to warrant a spot on fantasy rosters in standard leagues.
Aug 25 - 10:21 AM

Kelly Olynyk (knee) will miss some game action with Team Canada, but he is fine.

He is expected to be back to face Mexico next week. Olynyk suffered a knee injury on Sunday, but he should be good to go for camp. He'll be suspended to start the season.
Aug 24 - 6:17 PM

Kelly Olynyk's knee injury does not appear to be a serious concern.

TSN's Josh Lewenberg wrote that it looked like "Olynyk was fine" after getting his left knee wrapped and returning to the bench, but we're not completely out of the woods yet. The big man will likely receive some additional tests, and we should learn more about his status in the early portion of the week ahead. Jared Sullinger, David Lee and Amir Johnson would pick up additional time if Olynyk is forced to the sidelines.

When Celtics writers were polled as to whether Isaiah Thomas would be a "long-term starter" during the 2015-16 season, 13 out of 14 replied "No."

Head coach Brad Stevens said in late July that Thomas "may end up starting" and IT has repeatedly said that he'd like to start, but he was spectacular as a sixth-man last season and may be stuck in that role. Most of the writers agreed that Thomas is the best player on the roster, but still believed that Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley will continue to start in the backcourt. We'll watch the PG position battle closely, but no matter where he begins the game Thomas will earn enough minutes to be a solid mid-round pick.
Aug 23 - 6:32 PM

Kelly Olynyk exited Sunday's game vs. Argentina after injuring his left knee.

An Argentinian guard crashed into Olynyk's leg while the Canadian big man was setting a screen, and he limped off the court but quickly returned to the bench. The injury didn't look too severe, and the fact that he's not in the locker room bodes well, but we'll update his status once more is known.
Aug 23 - 6:19 PM

Rookie Terry Rozier said that he wants to be a spark plug on offense for the Celtics this season.

"I just need to find ways to stay on the floor and play," Rozier said. "I want to push the pace and defensively step up. I like to play a fast tempo and just want to help this team go, make them go, be that spark plug." Rozier had some nice moments in the summer league, but he did reveal that the tendinitis in his knees flared up on him. Rozier also dealt with tendinitis during his Louisville days, and while it's certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward, he said that he took a couple of weeks off and that he was fine now. Rozier will be stuck behind Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas this season, so he won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Aug 23 - 11:18 AM

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe believes that Perry Jones isn't a lock to make Boston's final roster.

Washburn also said that the Celtics are unlikely to reach an agreement with Jones on a new contract before the Oct. 31 deadline, so he is expected to be a restricted free agent next summer. Jones showed flashes of his potential with the Thunder last season, but the Celtics are extremely deep this season and he is going to have a tough time cracking the rotation. Jones isn't on the fantasy radar.
Aug 23 - 10:03 AM

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe expects Jared Sullinger to be a restricted free agent next summer.

The Celtics have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement on a long-term extension for Sullinger, but he reportedly asked for an estimated $85 million back in February which isn't going to happen. Sullinger looks like he has lost a lot of weight this summer, but he could be looking at a bench role with Amir Johnson and David Lee in town. Sullinger will have plenty to prove this upcoming season and the reduced weight should help him stay healthy, but he is only worth a late-round flier for now.
Aug 23 - 9:57 AM

Jae Crowder (knee) has been participating in full workouts according to the Boston Globe.

Crowder suffered a sprained knee during the playoffs last season, but his rehab has gone well and he should be 100 percent by training camp. The Celtics signed him to a five-year, $35 million deal this summer, so he should be conisdered the favorite to start at small forward over Evan Turner. Boston has one of the deepest teams in the East and the rotations could be a mess, so Crowder is only worth a look in the later rounds.
Aug 23 - 9:32 AM

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that his team will miss Amir Johnson.

"He’s a humble guy," Casey said of Johnson. "He knows where he came from. He worked on his game and has improved really in just about every area. If you tell him he needs to get better at something, he’ll get after it and eventually he’ll get better. He’s just one of those guys that makes your team better." Casey also added that Johnson's leadership and toughness will be missed, but it's clear that Johnson's play in recent years has demanded the respect of his peers. Johnson is the favorite to start along with David Lee in Boston, but the crowded frontcourt makes it tough for fantasy owners to target him before the later rounds.
Source: CSN NE
Aug 21 - 11:51 AM

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