HoopsHype Kelly Olynyk rumors

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Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk will not compete for the Canadian national team this summer because of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It’s considered a nagging but painful injury. “Nothing too serious, but he just needs to rest and recover,” a source close to the Canadian national team said Monday. Boston Globe

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And get this: McHale, who is now entrusted with getting inside Dwight Howard’s head (best of luck, Kev), thinks Olynyk’s game will improve concurrently with the level of competition. “Watching him at Gonzaga, I always liked him. But I always though, geez, is he athletic enough?” McHale said. “You always had questions. “But watching him here, his ability with more spacing on the floor and how the NBA game is played is magnified. His intelligence actually shows more here than it did in college. “The NBA game is spaced better, and he’s going to be able to play his game better in that kind of situation. I just like him.” Boston Herald

July 7, 2013 Updates

With the usual all-capitals disclaimer that -- IT'S ONLY SUMMER LEAGUE! -- Olynyk showcased a suitcase full of slick offensive moves and impressive NBA range while accounting for nearly a third of Boston's total field goals. A jumper two minutes in, followed quickly by a 3-pointer, got him off on the right foot. Olynyk had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting before the intermission. "Some shots fell early, which makes it easy for a player," said Olynyk. "Some teammates put me in a really good position to succeed, so I’ve got to thank them." ESPN.com

"I think Kelly is very, very skilled," said Larranaga. "He can shoot, he can pass, he can dribble. He plays defensively, he talks. Maybe one of his biggest strengths is well how he talks the game and stays connected to his teammate. He’s got to not foul so much and he’s got to shoot when he’s open. He had some shots that he turned down; he’s such an unselfish player. We need to keep encouraging him to shoot when he’s open." ESPN.com

July 1, 2013 Updates

Danny Ainge said he believes Olynyk, who will wear No. 41, will play more power forward than center in the NBA. “We think he can be a 260-pound, 7-foot guy and be a great, well-conditioned player that can play some center as well, especially as small as the league has gotten, Ainge said, “and to have a guy that can play the (power forward) and (center) and step outside and shoot the 3-ball and make passes from the perimeter and a great complimentary player. “I don’t see Kelly as a go-to guy in the NBA, but a guy that compliments the rest of the guys on the team and makes them all better.” Iverson, who will wear No. 37, is a 7-foot, 255-pound center who transferred to play at Colorado State last season. He sat out 2011-12 after leaving the University of Minnesota after three seasons. Iverson, who is 24, averaged 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. Boston Globe

June 28, 2013 Updates

The blockbuster trade that is now in place between the Celtics and Nets could translate into significant opportunity for younger players. With that in mind, the Celtics hurriedly assembled their team for the Orlando Summer League, which begins on July 7. In addition to last year's rookie center, Fab Melo, 2013 first round pick Kelly Olynyk, and second rounder Colton Iverson, a seven-footer from Colorado State, the Celtics have signed Missouri point guard Phil Pressey to a free agent contract. The team will only have a short time with Iverson, who reportedly plans to play in Europe next year, though the Celtics hold his rights. Boston Herald

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The Utah Jazz have, in their history, drafted one player from Gonzaga University. And wouldn’t you know, Kelly Olynyk is on a first-name basis with him. "That Gonzaga tie is huge," Olynyk said after working out for the Jazz on Saturday, "with John being here." Salt Lake Tribune

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