Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Marcus Smart (personal) will not play against the Warriors on Sunday due to a death in his family.

He will rejoin the team in Utah for Monday's game. With Smart out, Evan Turner will play most of his minutes at point guard, so that should open up more run for Jae Crowder. Phil Pressey will also get a few more minutes of action.
Jan 24 - 10:33 PM

Nate Robinson is currently working out in Seattle in an effort to stay prepared to play, and it is said that the Clippers is his preferred choice.

The Clippers did just bring in Austin Rivers, so it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Clippers to at least consider Robinson. However, he has struggled with injuries in his past two seasons and it's highly doubtful that he will be able to play more than a limited role wherever he lands. Feel free to leave him on the wire.
Jan 24 - 9:25 AM

Will Bynum has been drawing interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bynum's play with the Guandong Southern Tigers has drawn the attention of several NBA teams, but the Cavaliers are adamant on adding a backup point guard and it appears that he is near the top of their list. Regardless, if Bynum did end up in Cleveland he would likely have a very limited role behind Kyrie Irving so there is no need to consider an add in almost any league.
Jan 24 - 9:13 AM

Brandon Bass started and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

Bass went for 13 and 10 with a very full line on Thursday against the Blazers, and with Kelly Olynyk likely out until the All Star break he looks like a good bet for short-term value at a minimum.
Jan 24 - 4:36 AM

Avery Bradley scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds and one assist in Friday's win.

Bradley has been a low-end value and with Jeff Green out he might be a bit more consistent now. Give him a look if you need a 3-point shooter.
Jan 24 - 4:30 AM

Tyler Zeller scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with six rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench on Friday.

This line isn't great but Kelly Olynyk is likely going to be out beyond the All Star break and even if he wasn't Zeller would be a guy to own in 12-team formats.
Jan 24 - 4:23 AM

Marcus Smart played just 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring four points on 1-of-2 (including a three) with three assists and five fouls.

Smart's fouls were an issue and Brad Stevens is a bit of a card with rotations, but it would be surprising if Smart isn't running the show after the All Star break, or at least logging starter's minutes. He's a solid stash until further notice.
Jan 24 - 4:16 AM

James Young will be active for Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, but there are no guarantees he will play.

Young has a lot of talent, so he'll be a name to watch over the coming years, but he's unlikely to emerge a reliable contributor during his rookie season.
Jan 23 - 7:57 PM

Brandon Bass will start against the Nuggets on Friday.

The Celtics started Tyler Zeller before Wednesday, so sticking with Bass speaks volumes about coach Brad Stevens' confidence in him. Of course, they could be showcasing him in a trade. Regardless, he should have some nice value until the All-Star break for owners in standard leagues.
Jan 23 - 7:42 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been sent back to Boston and is likely out until the All-Star break.

Presumably, that means he's out until at least next Friday night against the Rockets on Jan. 30 in Boston. Olynyk's ankle sprain looked really bad and he could even miss February games. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will get some extra run and both players should be worth using in standard leagues. Zeller has the bigger upside.
Jan 23 - 7:22 PM

Celtics sign G Andre Dawkins.

It's a 10-day contract and he's been immediately assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, so fantasy owners can safely ignore him in all formats.
Jan 23 - 12:52 PM

Evan Turner hit a game-winning corner 3-pointer against the Blazers during the 90-89 victory on Thursday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, four turnovers and one other 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

The Celtics snapped their 24-game road losing streak against Western Conference teams tonight and Turner apparently knew his clutch shot was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." Turner has actually been effective on his corner 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 from there on the year. Clutch shot aside, he's still a questionable player to own in standard leagues.
Jan 23 - 3:09 AM

Tyler Zeller played 16 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is going to miss some time, so there are about 25 minutes up for grabs. Zeller hasn't played more than 19 minutes in any of his previous four games and he's having a horrible run in the last two weeks. In his last six games, he's averaged just 6.0 points, 5.2 boards, 0.5 blocks and 0.2 steals on 34.1 percent from the field. He was a top-50 guy for about three weeks in December and should be more reliable sans Olynyk, so he's worth grabbing in standard leagues in hopes he turns it around.
Jan 23 - 3:01 AM

Brandon Bass scored 13 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

There's still some talk that Bass will be showcased in a trade, but he's going to have some value with this amount of playing time. Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is almost a lock to miss multiple games, so fantasy owners in standard leagues can give Bass a look.
Jan 23 - 2:56 AM

Tayshaun Prince played 24 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Why? Maybe the Celtics are trying to help him build some trade value or maybe they like him out there to show some of their younger guys how to keep their fouls down. Prince has still been one of the worst per-minute fantasy guys in the last five years, so he can be ignored in most leagues.
Jan 23 - 2:52 AM


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