Guerschon Yabusele RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:260 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
French forward Guerschon Yabusele has agreed to terms with Chinese side Nanjing Tongxi Basketball, a source told Sportando. Yabusele has been waived early last month by the Boston Celtics and will return to China, where he played in 2016-17 for the Shanghai Sharks.
Chris Grenham: Robert Williams (right hip contusion) and Guerschon Yabusele (left pinkie injury) are both out tonight vs. Denver, per the team.
The Celtics will need to fill a hole at the starting big position, as their only options are currently developing prospects Rob Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, Semi Ojeleye and rookie Grant Williams. One option may be Enes Kanter, who is expressing strong interest in the Celtics per a league source. Kanter is planning to speak with the Celtics and Blazers as free agency opens at 6 pm ET.
Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are officially available tonight vs Orlando, per the team. Terry Rozier and Guerschon Yabusele are questionable.
Adam Himmelsbach: New: Adam Silver hinted that the NBA is headed to Paris next year, and Guerschon Yabusele is ecstatic, and also hopeful that the Cs get the call. “France’s young kids who play basketball have a dream to come to the NBA, like I was in this position before.” bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics…
A. Sherrod Blakely: “It was frustrating but I tried to focus on coming back stronger.” – #Celtics Guerschon Yabusele when I asked him about being out with an injury with Boston already decimated by big man injuries.
A. Sherrod Blakely: No surprises on the injury report for the #Celtics heading into Friday #Hawks game. Al Horford (knee) and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle) are OUT. Jaylen Brown (illness) is questionable.
Mark Murphy: Yabusele has received a rough time frame for a return: “They were saying two to four weeks, but it’s about how I feel. It was definitely less painful than the night I sprained it, and today was even better.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Al Horford OUT tonight; Aron Baynes better but not enough to play; no high ankle sprain for Guerschon Yabusele, but will be out a couple of weeks.
The Celts also had to consider that next summer Marcus Morris will be an unrestricted free agent, Aron Baynes can opt out, Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker can be restricted free agents, Kyrie Irving is planning to opt out (and, he says, sign a more lucrative deal here), and Al Horford can sever his deal, too. “There is some uncertainty in the offseason, as there always is,” Ainge said. “But the bottom line is he’s a 22-year-old unique player that we really like, and, again, a player that we like as much who he is as what he is at this point in his career. “Having Guerschon gives us continuity. He knows our system. He’s loved by everybody. It’s just not easy to find that type of player.”
The Celtics have until Wednesday to make decisions on three players’ futures. Two are dead-lock certainties. One is not. While the club will clearly be exercising their 2019-20 options on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the call on Guerschon Yabusele is more complicated. Tatum will get his third-year slot of $7,830,000 next season and Brown will get his fourth-year number, $6,534,829. The Celtics aren’t letting either get out of their sight.
And even though Yabusele’s third-year guarantee would be for a relatively modest $3,117,240, the real dollars are much greater. The club would be committing more than double that because of the luxury tax implications. And at present, Yabusele isn’t part of the main rotation and doesn’t figure to get there without injuries or roster moves that open playing time. It’s possible the Celts could decline the option and sign Yabusele to a more team-friendly deal next summer. But if the C’s pass now, the Dancing Bear will be an unrestricted free agent — and if he shows something this season, he could be wanted elsewhere. What’s more, if there is demand, Boston would be able to start a new deal at an amount no higher than what it declined. If the option is picked up, the process will play out again at this time next season, when a call will have to be made on $4,781,846 for 2020-21.
But he’s not concerning himself with that just now. “I would love to be back here with the team,” Yabusele said. “The Celtics are a great organization, so if I have a chance to be back here, I would love to do that.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens on Guerschon and ’19-’20 team option decision: “His ability [to be] a guy you can throw in with any different lineup has proved to be very important. As we move forward—obviously we have a deep team, and that’s a big challenge—but as we move forward we really value him.”
Brian Robb: Celtics summer league roster is out. Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, Semi Ojeleye, Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen are all on the roster
Stevens said the team wasn’t particularly worried about Yabusele’s knee. “They don’t think it’s anything,” Stevens said, “but they’re going to get some imaging just to make sure.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Guerschon has a sore knee. Team doesn’t have great concern but he’ll have MRI to be sure.
Jared Weiss: Tatum told Yabu is starting and he smiles and can’t believe it. “That’s my guy.” Then yells over “Guersch! I’m happy for you!” Shane Larkin in the back had no idea and ran over to congratulate him.
Marc Berman: Knicks also got a $1.5M trade exception in the Hernangomez deal which they can use for a player today. Sources indicate they inquired about Celtics young French power forward Guerschon Yabusele, 22.
Over the past two years, the Celtics have been busy in Europe. In 2016, they drafted French forward Guerschon Yabusele and Croatian center Ante Zizic. Then last summer they signed German forward Daniel Theis and veteran point guard Shane Larkin, who spent last season playing in Spain. With so much focus on college basketball, and for obvious logistical reasons, the Celtics’ small and diligent Boston-based scouting staff cannot have a constant presence overseas. So that is what Matkevicius is tasked with, and the Celtics’ lone full-time staffer and scout in Europe played a key role in all of the recent additions. “Benas has an amazing work ethic,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. “He just seems tireless.”
Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele said he is “feeling great” as he continues to recover from May surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankles. Yabusele has yet to go full-speed in an on-court workout, but he has almost reached that point. “I’ve been running a little bit and doing some bike stuff and just keeping my ankle moving,” Yabusele said Thursday. “But I’m ready to go.”
“I had to still walk and do some stuff on my ankle to keep the motion moving and then have increased the mobility, too,” Yabusele said. “But yeah, most of the part was like relax and not be on the court and shooting. So it was tough, but I have to become stronger.”
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed 2016 first round draft pick Guerschon Yabusele. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
But 6-foot-9-inch forward Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have bone spurs removed from his ankles. Ainge said that Yabusele will not accompany the team during summer league play, instead remaining in Boston to maintain his rehabilitation schedule.
Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source.
Zizic is expected to join the Celtics once his Turkish season is complete and should play in summer league. Yabusele will be able to resume basketball activities this summer and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Steve Bulpett: Dancing Bear alert: Celtic draftee Guerschon Yabusele officially joins D-League Red Claws and is expected to play Friday at Greensboro.
Yabusele, the alleged owner of that mysterious hand, returned to the Boston area after the CBA playoffs concluded. Though he has signed a D-League contract with the Maine Red Claws, he told CSNNE’s Abby Chin he still isn’t sure whether he will appear in any games for the Celtics’ affiliate. Yabusele sprained his ankle during the CBA postseason. “I’m still having treatment here (in Boston) with all the staff,” he told Chin on the CSNNE game broadcast. “I’ve been going to the practice facility every day, twice a day, just to be better, to feel better with my ankle and maybe have a chance to play (in) the D-League.”
Now that the Sharks’ season is over, Yabusele has returned to Boston to receive treatment on a sprained ankle and potentially suit up for the Celtics’ D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. “It definitely feels good to be here with these guys,” Yabusele said from outside Boston’s locker room ahead of tonight’s tip-off. “I played with a couple of the guys in the Summer League. It feels really good and I’m happy to be here, and I’m going to enjoy the game tonight.”
Michael Pina: I just asked Guerschon Yabusele which NBA player is a good comp for his game. Draymond Green was the answer. pic.twitter.com/EBL8leCWIL
Austin Ainge, Celtics director of player personnel, said because of the ankle sprain, no decision has been made as to whether the 6-foot-8, 260-pound big man will be in town to play or whether the focus will be on treating his ankle injury and not putting him on the floor. “He will come and be evaluated by medical staff and we will make a plan from there,” Ainge told CSNNE.com.
“I was very pleased with the way he played,” said Austin Ainge, the Celtics’ director of player personnel, who traveled to China last December to watch Yabusele play. “I think Guerschon’s strengths right now are his size and ability to play multiple positions, either 4 or 5. His 3-point shooting and passing are wonderful for a big guy.”
Said Yabusele: “All I am saying is, in every league, you can find people who play defense and people who don’t. I think the CBA is a good league. People say they don’t play defense and things like that, but think about it — if you have some players who can accomplish a lot in this league, they can also do it elsewhere. They are just good. It’s like when you are guarding Kobe Bryant and he’s killing everybody, it doesn’t mean the defense is bad. I really think a lot of players here can do the same thing in other leagues where there’s definitely defense.”
The Celtics have kept a close eye on Nader. He will likely get an invitation to training camp, along with 2016 first-round picks Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic, who are flourishing overseas. “They’re very hands-on with me and my development in Maine,” Nader said of Celtics management. “They send front-office guys all the time. Danny [Ainge] comes and watches games in Maine. It’s great knowing those guys have my back, and I’m just grateful for the opportunity given to me.”
The assets being overlooked in discussing potential Celtics deals, though, are the draft-and-stash players the Celtics selected last year when they had three first-rounders and three second-rounders. As much as the Celtics’ trove of picks in the next two years, NBA sources said, it is those players who are attracting pre-deadline attention. “They did a nice job of getting guys they could develop, and if you know you can’t get the big picks they have this year or next year, the players they took last year, that is where you can get a lot of value,” one general manager told Sporting News.
“He is built sort of like Jae Crowder, he is big up top and is a physical player,” the international scout said. “But he has more offensive potential. He is already a pretty good shooter from the perimeter, and he is athletic, but he needs to get smoother with his game. He is not going to back anyone down, even at his size, so he needs to work on his ballhandling. But he can rebound and he can score, he will be a very solid NBA player.”
The Celtics remain involved in Yabusele’s development. Ainge came to Houston and met with the Sharks’ coaches and management, and strength coach Bryan Doo spent two days with Yabusele and Scott, ensuring that the philosophies of the two teams were aligned. During the season, Scott will send the Celtics weekly reports filled with statistics and data about Yabusele’s play and fitness. “The Celtics are really taking care of me and care about what I’m doing in China,” Yabusele said. “It makes me happy to see they really want me on the team and really want me to be a part of the process.”
Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The Celtics will still hold Yabusele’s NBA rights.
Ainge said he hasn’t made a decision on whether to keep rookie Guerschon Yabusele stateside, but the young power forward knows what he wants in a team if he returns to Europe. And it won’t be with his team from last year — Rouen of the French league. “I want to go to a team that has a good coach, good players, that wants to play for a championship,” he said. “I want to follow my dream. My confidence after this is good. I’ve got good competition here and played very well. This was good for me.”
Brett Dawson: Alvin Gentry and Darren Erman both spoke to Yabusele afterward. He said they told him he had a good workout and talked some about defense.
The Celtics also worked out two players from France (Isaia Cordinier, Guerschon Yabuele) and one from Spain (Jordan Sakho). “We really enjoy it. Get to know their level of English and get them outside of their systems a little bit, compare them against some of the college guys. I think it’s very valuable.”