Player News - Celtics

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Brad Stevens said James Young "has some work to do."

The rookie was really set back in the preseason by his injuries. "I really thought he was really on his way and maybe even ahead of where we thought he’d be before he got hurt in the preseason, and that clearly hurt him," Stevens said. Young is highly unlikely to register any kind of impact in his first season.
Nov 24 - 9:41 AM

Brad Stevens has no idea when Vitor Faverani (knee) might return.

Faverani has missed the last nine months and counting. His most recent knee surgery was supposed to sideline him six-to-eight weeks, but he hasn't returned to practice. Boston won't rush him back into action and it wouldn't be surprising if he can't debut until after 2015 begins. He's not relevant in fantasy leagues.
Nov 24 - 9:38 AM

Marcus Smart (ankle) is hoping to return to practice on Wednesday.

"He’s been doing his work in the weight room as far as conditioning goes," Brad Stevens said. "So we’ll see how much work he needs to do once he gets back on the floor. That’s a concern certainly." Even if Smart isn't able to return this week, it sounds like he's right around the corner.
Nov 24 - 9:35 AM

Jeff Green doesn't want to be traded by the Celtics.

A report emerged from CSNNE that Green's trade value was as strong (if not stronger) than Rajon Rondo's, and through a couple of miscommunications, Green interpreted that someone had authored a column on his desire to be traded. Although he's frustrated by the losing, Green is not interested in being dealt. "Before you start, I just wanted to clear the air about some BS rumor that came out," Green said. "I said that I was frustrated with losing, not frustrated with the team," he added. Green also said he hasn't been "happy like this in years."
Nov 24 - 9:31 AM

Kelly Olynyk had a rough night vs. Robin Lopez and the Blazers, going scoreless with eight rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

Olynyk did chip in two steals and his 27 minutes of playing time are above his season average, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to panic. Inconsistency hasn't prevented the 23-year-old from returning solid mid-round value on the strength of his scoring (12.9), three-pointers (1.3), rebounds (5.9), steals (1.0) and solid percentages. The Celtics love his upside and his role should steadily increase as the season rolls along.
Nov 23 - 8:26 PM

Evan Turner provided a spark for Boston's second unit with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in just 14 minutes.

Turner deserves some plaudits for embracing a reserve role with the Celts, but his fantasy value is severely limited by just 21.2 minutes per game. He belongs on the waiver wire, especially since his role will shrink further once Marcus Smart (ankle) gets back on the court.
Nov 23 - 8:26 PM

Jared Sullinger set season-highs on Sunday for both field goals attempted (22) and 3-pointers attempted (nine), though he finished with only 19 points in a loss to Portland.

Sullinger was 8-of-22 from the field with three triples, while rounding out his evening with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. He has a green light to shoot from distance, to say the least, and is blowing away his ADP through the first dozen games of Boston's season.
Nov 23 - 8:25 PM

Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that Vitor Faverani (knee) may be back by the beginning of January, but would not commit to an official date.

Faverani's return date remains a mystery, but once is able to finally suit up he'll likely be eased back into the rotation. He's currently buried on the depth chart behind Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass, and Tyler Zeller, and given his limited upside and uncertain return date, he’s not worth owning in almost any league.
Nov 23 - 4:49 PM

Marcus Smart (ankle) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice next week, but his status for Friday's game vs. the Bulls remains unknown.

Even if Smart is able to suit up for Friday's game, he'll likely have a minutes restriction, making him an unattractive play in most leagues. He's averaging 6.8 points, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 steals on the season, and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 23 - 4:43 PM

The Celtics have re-assigned rookie James Young to their D-League affiliate.

Young will get some playing time with the Red Claws that he wouldn't get in Boston, but he'll likely rejoin the Celtics in a matter of days.
Nov 23 - 1:48 PM

Vitor Faverani (knee surgery) still has no timetable for his return.

He hasn't played basketball since tearing his meniscus in February, so even medical clearance to play will be followed by a lengthy training process. "This is my first injury," Faverani said. "I’m just happy because we have great doctors, great therapy guys ... All I can do is recover. We’ll just wait on my knee."
Nov 23 - 11:40 AM

Jeff Green said that his frustration level was at an "all-time high" after Friday's loss to Memphis.

"[Friday] we let them get whatever they wanted," Green said. "So we deserved to lose." He has been playing well this year, leading the Celtics in scoring at 18.4 points per game, but is reasonably dissatisfied with his team's 4-7 record. Green can opt for free agency this summer and it's not implausible that Boston could trade him during the season -- a league executive told that the market for Green is strong, "if not stronger," than it is for Rajon Rondo.
Nov 23 - 9:27 AM

Marcus Smart (ankle) will not play on Sunday against the Blazers.

It seems hard to believe that he is even close to a return after an ugly ankle injury. The Celtics are off until Friday following Sunday's game, so perhaps Smart will be ready for that contest. Phil Pressey should get some extra run tomorrow while Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner also see a bump.
Nov 22 - 4:40 PM

Vitor Faverani (knee) has only been doing work on a bike and in the pool.

He did say he's 100 percent, but actions speak louder than words... or something. Faverani is not close to returning and he could wind up in the D-League anyway.
Nov 22 - 4:38 PM

Jared Sullinger scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including three treys) with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in Friday's loss to the Grizzlies.

Both Sullinger and Jeff Green (12 points, six boards, four assists, one steal, one block) are rolling and should be in all lineups.
Nov 21 - 11:24 PM

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