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January 29, 2015 Updates

Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk wore a protective boot over his sprained right ankle while meeting with reporters after Thursday's practice and said he's uncertain when he'll resume basketball activities while waiting for pain and swelling to subside. Olynyk injured the ankle when he landed awkwardly on the foot of Portland's Thomas Robinson chasing a rebound in last Thursday's win over the Trail Blazers. Olynyk returned home from the team's extended road trip for further testing and could be sidelined util late February, especially with an extended All-Star break looming next month. "It’s tough with something like an ankle, everyone is different," said Olynyk. "It could be a week, it could be three weeks, it could be a month -- you never know. I'm just trying to get better and evaluate it each day, and take the next step whenever it’s deemed necessary." ESPN.com

January 28, 2015 Updates

“Obviously I want to be in a winning situation,” Prince said. “Everybody wants to be in a winning situation, make no mistake about it, especially toward the end of your career. But at the end of the day, it’s about doing what’s right and going out there and having fun. If you get to the point where I am in my career after all these years, you just want to go out there and have a chance to win and do the right things.” NBCSports.com

Regardless of the uncertainty of his future, Prince has made the best of a rather unenviable situation. Last year, Prince’s teammate at the University of Kentucky, Keith Bogans, did not want to play leader and mentor and was sent home until his contract was traded. “You come to a position like this and you’ve got Marcus Smart and Phil [Pressey] and these guys calling me ‘old head,’ which I really don’t like, so I am going to have to talk to them about that,” he said. Boston Globe

When asked why he is such a willing mentor in a situation where he could understandably be more consumed with playing for a contender, Prince said: “If you love the game and you respect the game, no matter what position you’re in, you’re supposed to be professional and go out and play the game. Once I got traded here, my main concern that all options were on the table and see what situation would be best. Boston Globe

January 27, 2015 Updates

Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the summer before last he commenced a major roster reconstruction with the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets. The frequency of transactions has accelerated in recent weeks as the Celts gather draft picks and shed salary. “I feel like I love what we’re doing,” Ainge told the Herald. “I think that we have a big task and a real challenge ahead of us, and I love the challenge. I’m ready for the long haul, and we’re prepared to do it as quickly as we can. But I’m also ready to do it the long way of developing players into a good team. From my standpoint, I’m enjoying it. “I love what I do. I love the people I work with, and I think we just all take it a year at a time. But right now I’m looking at it as a phase. I plan on being here for a while, and I plan on Brad (Stevens) being our coach for a while, and I plan on us turning this thing around.” Boston Herald

The Celtics haven’t seen the last of Utah this year. There has been no formal announcement that this area will be reviving the summer league known as the Rocky Mountain Revue, but sources say the Celts are prepared to participate. The club, which defeated the Jazz, 99-90, last night, will also have a team in the Las Vegas Summer League, the second time it has been in two leagues in one offseason. The reason the C's will be so active is that they figure to have a load of young players in need of development. Boston Herald

“It was crazy, and it was sad it had to be under those circumstances,” he said while preparing for the Celtics’ matchup with the Jazz. “It was good seeing my family but it was a tough day for us. Everybody understood that we’ve got to get past it but it’s going to take time. But that’s why you have family.” Boston Globe

January 25, 2015 Updates

To this point, Danny Ainge has not received a deal enticing enough to give up the versatile forward, but it’s likely been hard for him to demand much value for a guy who doesn’t see the floor for more than 20 minutes a night on a rebuilding team. The good news for Ainge is that reality has changed for Bass in the last couple days. Olynyk’s latest injury has provided the Celtics and Bass with a valuable opportunity that will continue in the coming weeks: A chance for Bass to showcase his ability. Boston Globe

“I have confidence in myself and my teammates have confidence in me,” said Bradley. “I have confidence because I put the work in. I know if I’m not making the shot, Evan [Turner] can make the shot, Jared [Sullinger] can make the shot. That’s what kind of team we are. We all have to go out there and believe that we can make the shot. I just have the confidence in myself that every shot is going to go in.” Boston Globe

There was strong word that if Prince wasn’t moved by the deadline that the Celtics would seek agreement with him on a buyout of this final year of his contract (he makes a bit more than $7.2 million). But coach Brad Stevens has taken a strong liking to Prince, who had four points in 17 minutes in last night’s 100-99 win against the Nuggets. It’s fair to assume he may lobby to keep him on the squad the rest of the season if he is not traded. Considering their rebuilding situation and the desire for a high draft pick, the Celts certainly don’t mind a few extra losses if they serve to enhance their position in next June’s dispersal. Boston Herald

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