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Monday Practice Notes: Chris Wilcox Signed for MLE, Jeff Green Having Issues with Physical

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.

“I don’t think very long. He’s just going through the tests again, today and tomorrow, and he should be fine,” Ainge said.

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:

On re-signing Pavlovic:
“We wanted to bring Sasha back at the end of last year after we had the experience with him once we signed him. The coaches loved his work ethic and he played very well for us. He’s young, he’s athletic, he’s got some experience. He started in an NBA Finals series. He can shoot, defend. Sasha’s just an all-around player.”
Ainge on Bass:
“Brandon is just a real high-character, high-energy player. [He’s athletic]. He’s a fantastic midrange shooter. He’s just a real active player, with a lot of athleticism and energy. We’ve always admired who he is as much as what he can do on the court. He sort of fits our timeline, too. We’re trying to have great success this year, next year, and his contract length sort of fits into our timeline.”
Is the roster construction finalized?
“I don’t know the answer to that. We only make moves if we think they fit our parameters. We may be done. But we may not be.”
Stay tuned for more later this evening.
  • Tos

    Wow. What a complete waste of the MLE… wilcox should’ve been a minimum vet salary guy, Wow.

  • hisregginess

    Guys, "it's" is a contraction for "it is." C'mon.

  • High Rollers

    Umm… Looks like Mr. Robb used “it’s” correctly there, hisregginess.

  • High Rollers

    Hope Jeff’s okay.

  • ElRoz

    Well, I'm sort of disappointed that Green is still not practicing with the team. How in the heck is he going to fit in and become part of the team so that he can finally show what he can do? Because if he plays the same this year, it will not be impressive. I believe that he has talent and that last year he just had trouble adjusting to the team – as all "mid-year" trades do, especially to Boston…but this year is already starting on a bad note for his prospects.

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