Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young seems to have gotten over his hamstring injury with his successful 26-minute outing against the Nets in which he was able to score five points and grab four rebounds.
Impact: Young was plagued with a hamstring injury throughout the preseason that limited him to just two games. The rookie certainly could have benefited from more time on the court, both in practice and exhibition games, but there's no time for prep left as the Celtics begin their regular season against the Nets on Wednesday. At 19-years-old, it's still undetermined what kind of role Young will have on the team, although he'll be competing for minutes with the three capable veterans of Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Gerald Wallace which certainly curtails his value.
News: Rondo (hand) took part in full-contact practice Friday for the first time since sustaining his injury, MassLive's Jay King reports.
Impact: It's starting to look more and more realistic that Rondo could be ready to go for the season opener. If Rondo can't go, Marcus Smart will start at point guard, but those who have yet to draft shouldn't discount Rondo much, if at all, due to his hand injury.
News: Smart is under the weather and will not practice Friday, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.
Impact: This is the second consecutive practice he will miss with the illness, but it's unlikely he'll be too sick to take the court for the season opener next week. Meanwhile Rajon Rondo (hand) practiced Friday, and he remains questionable for the season opener. While Smart should be owned in most leagues based on his potential to be a dominant contributor in steals, his value is directly tied to Rondo, as Smart will be a much more effective fantasy player when he's playing point guard.
News: Wallace has successfully played in two preseason games since being sidelined for multiple days with a minor knee injury.
Impact: Wallace was never in any real danger of missing extended time as the Celtics played it safe with their aging veteran to keep him fresh for the start of the regular season. The Celtics face the Nets in the first game of the regular season Wednesday and Wallace will likely be in the rotation, although he'll be used in limited capacity off the bench.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smart will start at point guard on opening night if Rajon Rondo (hand) is unable to play.
Impact: Rondo is essentially a game-time call with opening night a week away, but if he's still hampered by his broken hand, the rookie will get the start. There's been some speculation that new addition Evan Turner could see some run at point guard, but it appears Brad Stevens will look to get Smart plenty of run early on. While he's unproven as a shooter, Smart is a relentless worker on both ends of the court and should produce solid rebounding and steals numbers for the position.
News: Smart scored 16 points (5-8 FG, 2-5 3P, 4-4 FT) with four assists and two steals in just 16 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Nets.
Impact: The Celtics emptied their bench in the second half, so Smart's limited court time wasn't due to an injury. Unless Rajon Rondo shows some big improvement over the next week, Smart should begin the season as the starting point guard, but his fantasy value in the short term will hinge in large part on whether he's able to be as efficient from the floor as he was in this one.
Jared Sullinger - #7 - Forward-Center - 6'9" - 260lbs
News: Sullinger scored 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 3P, 0-1 FT) with 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in just 25 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Nets.
Impact: The young forward will be looking to take his game to the next level this season, and with Brooklyn resting both Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko on Wednesday, Sullinger took advantage. He should head into the regular season with a load of confidence.
News: Rondo (hand) has been as close to full contact in practice as one can be without being cleared for full contact, according to coach Brad Stevens, Scott Souza of the MetroWest Daily News reports.
Impact: This is pretty convoluted, but it's a good sign for Rondo's chance of returning to game action in the near future. The Celtics still haven't ruled him out for the season opener, and because of that, he shouldn't carry much of a discount on draft day.
Jarell Eddie - #3 - Shooting Guard - 6'7" - 220lbs
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Atlanta Hawks have trimmed their roster to 15 players by waiving Eddie and center Dexter Pittman.
Impact: Eddie and Pittman didn't play in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime preseason win over Charlotte on Monday night. Eddie, a rookie from Virginia Tech, averaged 2.8 points in three preseason games.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (hamstring) is not experiencing pain after Monday's practice and is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets.
Impact: The rookie missed two weeks with a strained hamstring but returned to the practice floor Monday. While he's not yet 100 percent, he said he's "definitely in the 90s," so Young should be close to, if not fully, healthy when the regular season opens next Wednesday. The Kentucky product will see time at both shooting guard and small forward this season, but he's currently stuck behind veterans Jeff Green, Evan Turner, Gerald Wallace and Avery Bradley on the depth chart.
Tim Frazier - #55 - Point Guard - 6'1" - 170lbs
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is expected to be waived later this week, Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com reports.
Impact: Frazier will remain with the team through Wednesday's game but is expected to be waived in the days following. The former Penn State star was merely a training camp invitee, though the team may look into placing him in the D-League.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) could be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.
Impact: He will sit out the Celtics' final preseason game Wednesday, but the broken bone in his hand is healing properly, and if he gets cleared to take part in the contact portion of practices later in the week, there's a chance the Celtics could have him for the start of the regular season. He could use a protective glove for his hand, but it would have to be approved by the league. At this point, Rondo shouldn't be downgraded much in fantasy drafts.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) is progressing well in his recovery from surgery and could begin participating in contact drills as early as next week, according to coach Brad Stevens.
Impact: Rondo underwent surgery to repair his broken left hand last month, but has already gone through non-contact drills during recent practice sessions. Since his condition continues to improve, Rondo may be cleared for contact sooner than expected, which has caused coach Stevens to leave open the possibility of Rondo being available for the Celtics' regular season opener Oct. 29. As a result, Rondo's status should be closely monitored as the week unfolds, since he'll surely displace rookie Marcus Smart as Boston's starting point guard once healthy.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's preseason game.
Impact: It was widely suspected that Young would be held out of Sunday's game and that indeed came to fruition as he continues to deal with a strained left hamstring. His next opportunity to play will be against the Nets on Wednesday.
News: Bynum (hamstring) won't play in the Celtics' last two preseason games, but the team will look to make another move to avoid waiving him, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Bynum was initially believed to be headed for waivers, but it appears the Celtics may make another move that would allow them to keep him. As of now, he is considered the odd man out, but could still end up on the roster if the team makes a deal before the start of the regular season.
News: Wallace (knee) is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Nets.
Impact: Wallace missed each of the previous two games with a knee injury, but is expected to return to the court Sunday. The 32-year-old isn't known for his offensive prowess, and will likely contribute more on the defensive end off the bench for the Celtics this season.
News: Young (hamstring) will likely miss Sunday's game against Brooklyn according to coach Brad Stevens.
Impact: Young strained his hamstring injury earlier in October and was considered week-to-week. The fact that coach Brad Stevens hasn't completely ruled him out marks likely indicates he is finally nearing a return. The 19-year-old hopes to stick with the Celtics this season, but will have a lot of work to do after missing multiple weeks in training camp.
News: Bynum will be waived by the Celtics, the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports.
Impact: He was traded to the Celtics on Friday, in a salary dumping move by Boston, but they were apparently not interested in seeing if Bynum was a good fit for the roster. Look for him to get picked up by another team before the regular season starts.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Bynum.
Impact: Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists over 56 games last season, his seventh in the NBA.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bynum will be traded to the Celtics, ESPN reports.
Impact: In exchange for Bynum, the Celtics will ship Joel Anthony to Detroit. From the Celtics' perspective, the move looks to be salary cap related, since Boston will save nearly one million dollars in salary. The Celtics already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster, so it's unclear if Bynum will even make the roster. If he does, Bynum would need to see significant injuries to multiple players in Boston's backcourt to have significant fantasy value.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green (calf) scored nine points (3-12 FG, 1-5 3P, 2-6 FT) with five rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Raptors.
Impact: The rust showed in Green's first action of the preseason, but the big workload is a good sign that he's healthy, and he has enough time before the start of the regular season to get up to speed. If the Celtics' young front court of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk can take some of the offensive pressure off Green, he should be able to improve on last season's numbers.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bynum (hamstring) could play this weekend, David Mayo of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Bynum is still nursing a pulled hamstring, but he participated in full-court, 5-on-5 drills Tuesday. Barring a setback, Bynum could return to the court Friday in Orlando or Saturday in Atlanta.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green (calf) is expected to play Wednesday against the Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN reports.
Impact: Green practiced Monday for the first time in more than a week, and his strained calf responded well. Barring a setback Tuesday, he'll be back on the floor for Wednesday's matchup.
News: Smart should have a big role on the Celtics this season, MassLive.com's Jay King reports. "You're inevitably drawn to guys that do the right thing over and over and over," coach Brad Stevens said of Smart.
Impact: Smart is on the short list of rookies with the best chance to make an immediate fantasy impact this season, based partly on Rajon Rondo's hand injury and the Celtics' likely emphasis on developing the younger players on the roster this season. He is worth drafting in the majority of formats, and should contribute in all the typical point guard categories.
News: Green (calf) will practice Monday and have his playing status for Wednesday's game determined based on how he responds to Monday's session.
Impact: Green has not practiced in over a week due to a strained calf, but will return to the court Monday to test the ailment. If all goes well, Green could be cleared to make his preseason debut Wednesday; however, his status at the moment remains unclear.
News: Wallace (knee) is out for two games, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet reports.
Impact: With two years left on his contract, Wallace continues the injury issues that come with his age and style of play. He shouldn't be expected to provide much if any real value on offense going forward, but his contract and leadership mean the Celtics could keep him around on the bench. He should return the 19th, at the Nets.
Vitor Faverani - #38 - Center - 6'11" - 260lbs
News: Faverani (knee) will be out six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to clean inflammation and evaluate his left meniscus.
Impact: Faverani initially underwent left knee surgery in March, but after swelling persisted, he was sent back to Spain for a second opinion last weekend. That trip resulted in Faverani needing another procedure to clean his knee out and will now sideline the center for up to two months. With the Celtics currently featuring 16 players in training camp, there's speculation that Faverani could be released to trim Boston's roster to the regulated size. However, unless such a decision is made, Faverani will remain on the Celtics' injury report for the foreseeable future.
Vitor Faverani - #38 - Center - 6'11" - 260lbs
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Faverani is headed back to Spain for a second opinion on his left knee, CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: With the swelling in Faverani's surgically-repaired knee persisting, the Celtics have decided to send him back to Spain to get a better idea of the full extent of the issue. Faverani rehabbed the knee in Spain throughout the offseason. Concern seems to be mounting, but the start of the regular season is still nearly three weeks away.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo got in some non-contact offensive work in practice Friday.
Impact: Rondo was initially given a 6-to-8 week timetable following a broken hand Sep. 26. With his progress of late, it appears he may be able to return earlier than expected, as he caught passes and took shots prior to Monday's preseason game wearing just a soft wrap.