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October 12, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics are considering waiving Brazilian big-man Vitor Faverani, sources told Sportando. Faverani is still recovering from a knee injury and his condition remains uncertain. Sportando

Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team's activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics' team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling. With both Faverani and the Celtics seemingly frustrated with the lack of progress, the team signed off on Faverani returning to Spain, where he started his professional basketball career, to consult with a more familiar doctor. Stevens believes an assistant of team physician Dr. Brian McKeon accompanied Favearni on the trip. "We’re going to find out more [Sunday]," said Stevens. "He’s getting a second opinion [Sunday]. If that second opinion comes back that he needs extra work, then he would potentially have a clean-up type of surgery again on his knee on Monday. But that will not be determined until that second opinion happens." ESPN.com

Why the overseas second opinion? "You’d have to ask him and [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] and McKeon," said Stevens. "I think it was just he wanted another opinion and comfort level and everything else. Our docs are great for a lot of reasons and one of the reasons is because they want to get these guys the most comfort and as much insight as possible. That’s why he’s over there." ESPN.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

“Rondo has done some non-contact, offensive type work in practice,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game against Toronto. “But just shooting, but no real defensive work yet.” Stevens said Rondo will not be cleared for contact anytime soon. CSNNE.com

Boston Celtics second-year center Vitor Faverani traveled to Spain this weekend to get a second opinion on a balky left knee and, pending the results, could require a second minor surgery to alleviate lingering swelling. Faverani underwent surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus and had hoped to be ready for the start of training camp, but has been sidelined for nearly all of the the team's activities this month due to the swelling. Stevens said earlier this week that Faverani has undergone a series of MRIs with Celtics' team doctors, but that they had not revealed any obvious change, but Faverani remains bothered by pain and swelling. ESPN.com

October 10, 2014 Updates

"The rules sort of indicate that's what you can do," Ainge said. "Ray's probably, if he goes to one of the contending teams he'll be making minimum salary. He's been a max player a couple times in his career. That's his right, to try and win a championship. It's just the way the collective bargaining agreement is structured. It's different than how it was structured back in the '80s and '90s. I don't blame a player like Ray, right now, for wanting to find a perfect fit for him as he finishes his career." CSNNE.com

October 9, 2014 Updates
October 8, 2014 Updates

At media day, Vitor Faverani considered himself at full strength. Despite knee surgery that ended his rookie season, he stressed he had returned to the Boston Celtics in “perfect” form. But since training camp began the center has experienced nothing but setbacks. According to head coach Brad Stevens, Faverani has already undergone two MRIs on his surgically-repaired left knee. Nothing specific or new has been uncovered, Stevens said Wednesday night before meeting the Knicks in preseason action, “but there has been something that people have said: ‘Hey we need to take another look at him.’ So he’s going to get looked at again. By Saturday I think I’ll have a lot more information for everybody on it.” Booth Newspapers

Faverani endured swelling after the first day of training camp and has only returned to practice for brief segments since. “He could be (losing ground),” Stevens said. “But he’s frustrated because he had hopes – and we all had hopes – that he would have come back and been able to just go. And the couple times that he tried to go, his knee swelled up. We hope to have more information for at least our near-term plan of attack in the next three or four days.” Booth Newspapers

"He's got the green light because he can get hot," said Stevens. "We scrimmaged the other day and [Thornton] got a 3-pointer in transition, then a layup in transition. [Rookie] James Young left his body on the next possession and I told James, ‘You give that guy -- after he just saw the ball go through the net twice -- another shot? Nine times out of 10 he’s going to make it.’ There’s a few guys like that in the league. And we saw that last year with Jordan [Crawford] a little bit. When Jordan got going -- Jordan’s percentages weren’t always great -- but when he got going, the rim seemed like the ocean. That’s what Marcus can do for you. And we need him to do that." ESPN.com

Dribble penetration was a major issue for the Celtics last season, but Smart’s ability to move through screens should allow Boston’s often-undersized back line to stay at home instead of scrambling with help. And Smart is active with his hands, which helped him generate three steals Monday while disrupting passing lanes. “I’ve coached a lot of really bright guys at a lot of different ages. Very, very, very few at 20 years old can see the game and react to the game defensively like that,” Stevens said of Smart. “He has the ability to react athletically, too. He can really move. He’s very physical. I’ve said this before, he was really well coached, and combine that with the fact that he’s got a good savvy for the game.” ESPN.com

October 7, 2014 Updates

The Rockets are widely expected to take a step back this season, thanks to all the depth they squandered on the Bosh dice roll, but they expect to have significant salary-cap room next summer -- when they can chase point guards as accomplished as Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo if they choose -- as well as in the summer of 2016. Which is when, sources say, they'd like to give Harden an opportunity to serve as Houston's lead recruiter in the pursuit of a free agent named Kevin Wayne Durant. ESPN.com

October 6, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   

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