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October 19, 2014 Updates

Sitting inside the locker room at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine, earlier this week as the Celtics prepared for an exhibition game in conjunction with the Red Claws, Bradley shook his head while reflecting back to the series of events that helped jump-start his NBA career. "I was a completely different person when I came back from Maine," Bradley said. "I remember I came back, and I hadn't got a haircut, and they called me a 'man on a mission.' That first practice, when I dunked on Perk and Doc ended it, from that day on, I felt like I belonged in this league." ESPN.com

Does Bradley envision the D-League as being a good experience for Young? "It's not my place to say anything like that, but the one thing I can say is that, from personal experience, it did help me out a lot," Bradley said. "And it did help me gain that confidence within myself and, not only that, it let my teammates know that I'm not scared to play at the next level. It was really, really big for me." ESPN.com

According to sources, however, the Celtics will hold off on making a decision on the 31-year-old point guard until they see what other moves are available. The Celts are still investigating trades large and small as they seek to either improve their team or create more roster flexibility for the future. Boston Herald

Friday’s deal accomplished the latter, with the C’s shedding nearly $900,000 in payroll and getting in better position versus the luxury tax. Despite the fact the Celtics like Bynum (Danny Ainge was the first to sign him as an undrafted free agent in 2005, though he was waived before the start of the regular season), if no other deals are made, he will be the odd man out as the club must drop from 16 guaranteed contracts to the maximum 15 for the regular season. The Celts already have Rajon Rondo, rookie Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey on the point guard depth chart. Boston Herald

Bynum took a physical in Boston yesterday, but he’ll have to cool his heels. “He will not be joining us (today),” coach Brad Stevens said of Bynum after the workout at Baruch College in Manhattan. “And from my standpoint, I’m going to know more on Monday when I get back.” Sources told the Herald that Bynum won’t play in Wednesday’s preseason finale against the Nets at the Garden. Boston Herald

Stevens, like Turner’s past coaches, wants to use every ounce of the 6-foot-7 swingman’s versatility, everywhere on the floor from point guard to small forward. And yes, he still must work on that jump shot. But the circumstances are different,. “For sure, for sure it’s about finding the right fit in this league,” Turner said. “Coming from Indy, for sure it’s different (now), because I started here at the start of the year. I have the opportunity to carve out my niche with my teammates, coming in at the start of the season. I have the opportunity to really get it done in practice. In Indy we had a lot of games, back to back to back, and there wasn’t a lot of time for practice. It was still fun, but being here to carve out your niche from Day 1 definitely helps me.” Boston Herald

October 18, 2014 Updates

Any player worth his contract naturally believes that with the right amount of work and chemistry, any team he’s on is playoff-worthy. When Rondo looks at all of the C’s’ incongruous parts, and factors in the Stevens effect, he believes the postseason is a realistic goal for this team. “I believe in Danny (Ainge) and I said it a month ago. I’ve been through it. One year we were the worst team in the league and the next we were the best,” he said of the wild swing between his rookie season and the 2008 Celtics championship team. “Anything can happen. Injuries are a big factor in your success. The trade deadline is a big factor. That’s what makes the NBA exciting. “But if you give me four guys who are going to compete and play as hard as possible, then I feel like I can win every game.” Boston Herald

Gigi Datome: I wish the best in life and basketball to my former teammate Will Bynum, you always have been great to me. Good luck with the @celtics ! Twitter @GigiDatome

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and guard Will Bynum are expected to meet on Saturday, according to two NBA sources, and the team is likely to waive Bynum, who was acquired Friday from the Detroit Pistons. Bynum, 31, is in Boston and will take his physical before he and his representatives meet with Ainge. NBA sources said the Celtics are content with their point guard lineup of Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, and Phil Pressey, leaving Bynum out of the equation. Boston Globe

The Celtics still have 16 guaranteed contracts, including that of rookie Dwight Powell, and just 15 roster spots. So Ainge will have to waive a player with a guaranteed deal or make a trade to reduce before the season opener Oct. 29 against the Brooklyn Nets. After Saturday’s meeting, that move is expected to be Bynum, who will garner interest on the free agent market once he is placed on waivers. Boston Globe

October 17, 2014 Updates

Bynum, 31, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.9 million this season, while Anthony, 32, also in the final year of his contract, will earn $3.8 million. It is unclear exactly what role, if any, the Celtics envision for the veteran guard, who joins a roster that's already stuffed with perimeter players. "Right now, we're just going to take a deep breath and let the trade go through," said Mark Bartelstein, Bynum's agent. "Danny [Ainge] and I, I'm sure we'll talk and see what makes the most sense for everybody. We're gong to keep an open mind right now and not jump to any conclusions." CSNNE.com

Chris Forsberg: Story coming, but the move appears to be related to roster flexibility. Team saves $900,000 in swap. Anthony was on roster fringe. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

Evan Turner wants to stress one thing about his ejection from the Celtics’ loss to Toronto on Wednesday. It’s the second whistle he would like to contest, and hopes it doesn’t result in a fine from the league office. Turner said that after drawing the first technical foul for complaining about a non-call, he “bounced” the ball in the direction of the referee. The ball hit referee Eric Lewis’ leg, and Turner was tossed. “They were palming and carrying and all of that stuff,” he said of several Raptors in the minutes leading up to his ejection. “One guy double-dribbled and I literally said, ‘You have eyes, call a double-dribble.’ “So he said, ‘Say something else,’ and I said, ‘Something else,’ literally. I take forbearance for that. I need to control myself. I was emotionally into it. When they let it go four or five times you respond to it. But I was wrong for that.” Boston Herald

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