Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

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

News has surfaced that Rajon Rondo was at a trampoline park for a birthday party around the time he suffered his broken left hand.

Rondo and the Celtics are sticking by the story that he suffered the injury by slipping in his shower but that report has been under scrutiny. A trampoline park is seemingly a slightly more dangerous place than a bathroom. Rondo is expected to miss anywhere between 10-15 games, according to Boston.com's Brian Robb, which is a few more games than what we initially reported. Rondo now looks like a mid-round target, especially considering the fact he always seems to be hurt. We should know more on Monday during Media day. Rookie Marcus Smart will be thrown into the fire early while Rondo is on the shelf.
Sep 27 - 7:04 PM

Marcus Smart is expected to see extended run at training camp with Rajon Rondo (hand) out 6-8 weeks.

He was dreadful as a shooting guard at summer league, so he'll get a chance to show what he can do in his natural position. Smart and Avery Bradley make for a solid defensive backcourt, and also the extra reps for Smart could help him adjust to the NBA game a little quicker. He's now a late-round target in standard leagues with Rondo possibly missing the first 10 games of the season.
Sep 26 - 7:04 PM

Rajon Rondo had surgery on a broken metacarpal in his left hand and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

He suffered the injury in his home and slipped in the shower. If that prognosis holds up, he will miss 3-10 games of the regular season. The trade rumors have been swirling around Rondo, so the team probably won't be bringing him back until he is 100 percent healthy and will err on the side of caution. Potential fantasy owners should probably rule Rondo out of the first half of drafts. He has been very injury prone the past four years, and this isn't a great way to start the season following a disappointing 2013-14 effort. John Lucas III may have been saved from being cut because of this news, as well.
Sep 26 - 6:50 PM

Dwight Powell has been traded to the Celtics.

According to the press release, the full deal of today's trade is Keith Bogans and two future conditional Sacramento second round picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for forwards Dwight Powell, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas, guard John Lucas III, 2016 and 2017 second round picks from Cleveland and a trade exception. Powell was the 45th player taken in the 2014 draft and will compete for a roster spot.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 10:02 PM

Celtics waive G Chris Babb.

He wasn't going to last long and the Celtics only had him under contract because they had to sign him to a guaranteed deal after offering him two 10-day deals in 2013-14. Babb will have a tough time catching on to another NBA roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 9:47 PM

John Lucas III was traded to the Celtics on Thursday.

He was the opening-night starter for the Jazz in the 2013-14 season, but now he doesn't have a guaranteed deal. Lucas won't be making the Celtics roster.
Sep 25 - 8:06 PM


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