Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Rajon Rondo (hand) went through a full practice on Friday without any setbacks.

There is a chance he can play in the opener on Wednesday. Rondo has been doing some non-contact practice and there shouldn't be any conditioning issues, so it's likely a 50/50 call right now. He still had the worst season of his career last year, so there is still some question to his output on a per-game basis.
Oct 24 - 4:41 PM

Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited.
Oct 24 - 2:42 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for full contact, and he will be a full participant during Friday's practice.

"[Rondo will] go through the whole practice [Friday] and it will just be a matter of how big that pad is [on his hand]," head coach Brad Stevens said. "I think that’s the biggest thing moving forward. It’s really about getting hit or not. So obviously, see how he feels after this. We’ve got Saturday and Sunday off. Monday or Tuesday, we should know more." Things are looking positive for Rondo making a potential return for opening night; meaning Marcus Smart's value is going to take a substantial hit. Rondo will look to right the ship after a disappointing season last year, and he's a guy that can really light up the assist category. He's likely going to cost a mid-round selection, and he'll be a true risk/reward selection.
Oct 24 - 1:52 PM

The Celtics have claimed Jarell Eddie off waivers from the Hawks.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that they just wanted to "take a look at" Eddie, so their interest seems to be minimal. Even if Jarell somehow makes the Celtics regular-season roster, he's not going to be an impact player for the 2014-15 fantasy basketball season.
Oct 24 - 12:39 PM

Rajon Rondo has been ramping up his contact activities, and the team’s medical staff will reevaluate him early next week.

"Now it’s just a matter of getting clearance, really," said Stevens. "Because everything else, from a skill standpoint, from an understanding standpoint -- he’s been running our offense in 5-on-0, up and down the court, for 10 days now. And he picks it up pretty quickly anyways." Rondo hasn't yet been ruled out of the regular-season opener, and it looks like he's going to be on the early end of his initial 6-8 week timetable. If Rondo is unable to go for opening night, Marcus Smart will draw the start, however, his value will be short-lived with Rondo expected to return sooner rather than later.
Source: ESPN
Oct 24 - 11:30 AM

Celtics waiver F Erik Murphy.

After the release, Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said Murphy is "intrigued plus" about joining Boston's D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He shouldn't have been on any draft lists before this news, but fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues can officially move on from Murphy.
Oct 23 - 1:25 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Rajon Rondo (hand) "is more ready to roll than not."

What this means is anyone's guess, but we're not ruling Rondo out for the season opener just yet. The 28-year-old has been practicing with a wrap over his surgically-repaired left hand and would be a week ahead of his original 6-8 week timetable if he's able to return for the opener. A return to the court would be bad news for Marcus Smart owners, while fantasy owners who took a mid-to-late round flier on Rondo would be rewarded with an extra week or two out of the point guard.
Oct 23 - 1:09 PM

Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded.
Oct 23 - 1:00 PM

Gerald Wallace finally showed up on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-8 shots for 12 points, five assists and three steals in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

This was the first time he's topped three points in the preseason. The artist formerly known as Crash has been pretty rough to own over the last two seasons, and we see little reason to use a draft pick on him this year.
Oct 22 - 10:16 PM

Tyler Zeller nearly double-doubled with 11 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

He's been the "surprise" of Celtics camp and is averaging 9.4 points, nearly six rebounds and nearly a block over his last five preseason games. Kelly Olynyk is the center you want to own in Boston, but Zeller is someone owners in deep, two-center leagues should think about in the late round of drafts.
Oct 22 - 10:14 PM

Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half.
Oct 22 - 10:12 PM

Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so.
Oct 22 - 10:07 PM

Jeff Green made the most of his nine minutes on Wednesday, scoring six points and pulling off a spectacular chase-down block from behind against Sergey Karasev,

The nine minutes are weird, but there are no reports of injury and we're guessing Brad Stevens just wanted to take a look at some other players. Green should be a big part of what the Celtics do this season and we're just hoping he can be more consistent than he was a year ago.
Oct 22 - 9:56 PM

Vitor Faverani (knee) could be cleared for practice in late November or early December.

It sounds like the team isn't going to waive him, but it's possible they still do so. Faverani has no fantasy value.
Oct 22 - 7:26 PM

Rajon Rondo (hand) has been cleared for some contact with a pad on his hand.

He's still very doubtful for the opener, but he might be closer to the front end of the 6-8 week prognosis. Rondo is coming off his worst year since being a primary facilitator of the offense and his numbers didn't translate to fantasy in most formats. Fantasy owners should probably let someone else deal with him.
Oct 22 - 5:59 PM

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