Boston Celtics Player News: All Positions

News: Poirier will take paternity leave for the birth of his child in September, and that will require leaving the NBA's bubble if the Celtics are still playing, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The potential loss of Poirier during the playoffs shouldn't hurt the Celtics too much, unless unexpected depth is needed at center. Poirier has played just 114 total minutes for the Celtics, totaling 39 points, 34 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals.
News: Hayward said Friday he'll leave the NBA bubble in Orlando during September to attend the birth of his fourth child, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old has attended the birth of all his children thus far and said, "It's a pretty easy decision for me on that." Specific protocols will be in place for players leaving the bubble with NBA permission, and Hayward's quarantine period upon his return could be down to four days, assuming he produces negative tests. The Celtics will still need to advance far enough into the playoffs for it to matter.
News: Walker has been working out while away from the team, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: When asked about Walker's lingering knee injury and whether the issue is worse than the team was letting on, general manager Danny Ainge responded, "I don't know if that's true, but I'm not sure it matters now. Time will tell. Time will tell us about the health of players. I mean, there's always injuries going on, but I'm confident that Kemba and Jaylen are going to have a really good (remainder) of the year." Walker has missed 14 games this season after playing at least 79 games in each of the prior four seasons.
News: Brown's (hamstring) trainer, Desmond Eastmond, said Friday that the forward "wouldn't miss a beat" if the season "started back tomorrow," Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Prior to the NBA's shutdown March 12, Brown had missed the Celtics' last four games with a right hamstring strain, but Eastmond's comments imply that the injury is no longer a concern more than a month later. Eastmond noted that Brown speaks with him daily via Zoom calls regarding an individualized workout plan, which should keep the 23-year-old in optimal shape if or when the season resumes. After inking a massive contract extension in October, Brown has rewarded the Celtics' faith by turning in a career-best season. Over 50 appearances, Brown is averaging 20.4 points (on 49 percent shooting from the field), 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 34.0 minutes per game.