Plenty of news from Waltham here as the C’s just wrapped up their fourth day of training camp. A few key items of interest before we break down full quotes later on.
The Celtics have nearly completed their roster for the season, with new additions Brandon Bass, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Sasha Pavlovic and the rest of the training camp invitees on the parquet officially for the first time. Each of those players spoke with the media and I will have full quotes from them later this evening.
Danny Ainge spoke at length with the media about Jeff Green’s absence from camp thus far. According to Ainge, an issue came up during Green’s physical, although Danny would not get specific about what part of the body it was. He was not too worried about how long he will be out.
Here’s more from Danny about whether it could potentially cause the team to void the deal:
“Oh, no, no, no. We’re not close to that yet. It’s just precautionary. Practice just started today officially when we had our whole team here. It will be resolved this week.”
We won’t speculate too much on that, but given the lack of details Ainge is giving up here, we are left to wonder until we see Green out on the floor. Obviously, we hope it’s nothing major, but don’t look for him out there for at least the next couple days until the situation is resolved.
—Paul Pierce (sore right heel) practiced today, but came out at the end of the scrimmage. Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle) did not practice, but Doc said he would probably scrimmage tomorrow or Wednesday.
–Sasha Pavlovic’s deal is for one-year and fully guaranteed.
–In a crucial note, Danny Ainge acknowledged the team had spent its mini MLE in a one-year three million dollar deal on Chris Wilcox. This development clearly handcuffs the team for any future moves, as they currently have 14 guys tied up in contracts (assuming Jeff Green passes his physical).
–For all of you asking about Delonte West’s possible return, Ainge gave a stoic answer today on the subject, merely starting it was “uncertain” he will return. Given the fact we know now the team does not have the MLE to spend up him, it’s looking like West will be playing elsewhere this season.
A few other notes from Ainge: