Gerald Wallace played 58 games for the Boston Celtics in 2013-’14.
The Boston Celtics have enough injuries to look like they could fill in for the cast of “The Walking Dead.”
Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus in his knee and the 31-year-old forward will undergo season-ending surgery. Wallace also has bone spurs in his ankle. This news broke on Friday after Wallace had an MRI on Thursday when he had increased swelling in his knee.
Wallace still has two years remaining on his contract after the 2013-’14 season at over $20 million. Wallace is overpaid and has dealt with numerous injuries over the past two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and the Celtics. In 2012-’13, Wallace missed 13 games with a sprained ankle among other ailments. Also, Wallace has diminished skills and he does not have the athleticism that turned him into an All-Star with the Charlotte Bobcats. All of these factors will present problems for the Celtics to find a trade partner for Wallace.
The Celtics have other injury issues. Jared Sullinger is day-to-day with a concussion. He has missed the last three games after receiving an elbow to the head from Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Chris Kaman in the Celtics’ loss on February 21st. Kelly Olynyk is in a walking boot with a sprained toe and the rookie sat out the 115-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley will not play in the game tonight against the Indiana Pacers due to his sprained ankle. This will be the eighth game that Bradley has missed. Vitor Faverani is suffering from a knee injury.
With the lack of bodies, the Celtics signed guard Chris Babb to a 10-day contract. Babb was one of the last cuts from the Celtics’ training camp. The Iowa State product has been playing for the Maine Red Claws, who is the Celtics’ D-League affiliate. In 32 games with the Red Claws, Babb averaged 11.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.
The Celtics have only 23 games left in the season. With these injuries piling up, it will be difficult for the young players to make progress. The Celtics must determine who they should keep on the roster in the future in their rebuilding process.
As the All-Star break approaches, the Boston Celtics face an easier schedule in the month of February. The Celtics own the sixth worst record in the NBA, but the Celtics stand just five games behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While the majority of fans prefer the Celtics to be in the NBA Draft Lottery, the Celtics could climb back into the playoff race if they can get on a lengthy winning streak.
The trade deadline is only two weeks away (February 20th) and Danny Ainge could unload some players to clear some room to get further under the tax line. Currently the Celtics are barely under the luxury tax line at $71.75 million.
The Celtics front office also needs to decide whether they want to keep guard Chris Johnson for the rest of the season. Johnson’s second 10-day contract expires at midnight. The guard has played well in his brief Celtics tenure. He is averaging 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 24.1 minutes during his eight games with the Celtics.
The Celtics have many questions to answer and they need their young players to make progress. As of right now, the Celtics can hold onto Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, and Jared Sullinger. Jeff Green disappears at times, but he has not been able to play much with Rondo. CSNNE’s A. Sherrod Blakely had a piece where he explains Green’s role with the Celtics and the reasons for his frustrating play. Everybody else can be shipped elsewhere for the right cost.
Here are a couple of tweets from Celtics’ players:
Bass retweeted this post from the television series, “Simply Ming” on PBS. Chef Ming Tsai hosts this show that is in its 11th season. The 6-foot-8-inch forward joined Tsai to cook for the children in the YMCA of Boston. This tweet displays a picture of Bass looking on while Tsai is in the process of cooking healthy food.
Olynyk sent out an advertisement for Roster Store in the Natick Mall. Roster Store is giving away an autographed ball by Olynyk. Celtics’ fans can click on the Facebook link underneath the picture and they need to say who is their favorite all-time Celtic for an opportunity to win this basketball.
The first month of the season has been filled with streaks for the Boston Celtics. Currently, the Celtics own a 6-10 record, but they are just one game behind the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors (6-8).
After losing six straight games, the Celtics have won two consecutive road games over the Atlanta Hawks (94-87) last Saturday and the Charlotte Bobcats (96-86) on Monday. Also, the Celtics are 5-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.
While many fans may want the Celtics to tank, the Eastern Conference is so bad that the Celtics could make the playoffs. They sit in the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference, but there are only three teams (Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, and the Hawks) who are over .500. The Chicago Bulls just lost their MVP point guard Derrick Rose for the season after he underwent surgery for a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Rose had torn his left ACL in April 2012 and sat out all of last season.
Here are tweets of interest from Celtics’ players:
Kris Humphries wanted to know a good place to eat in Charlotte on Sunday. This is shocking because this is Humphries’ ninth season in the NBA and he has spent the majority of his career playing for teams in the Eastern Conference (Raptors, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, and Celtics). In Humphries’ defense, he may have not spent much time in Charlotte because his team was playing on consecutive nights or he may have not traveled due to injury. He may wanted to try a new place. Whatever Humphries ate, it seemed to work in his favor. Humphries was 2-of-4 from the field with five rebounds as part of a solid bench effort for the Celtics in their win over the Bobcats.
Jordan Crawford was not the only member in his family who had a good game on Saturday night. Jordan’s younger brother, Jalen, scored 27 points for Valdosta State University. Jordan Crawford didn’t score as many points as his younger brother, but he did pile 10 assists. Crawford helped the Celtics to a come-from-behind victory over the Hawks in Atlanta.
Gerald Wallace is entering a very important stage in his career. When the 31-year-old forward was traded to the Boston Celtics, he was seen as an asset in a future trade for the rebuilding Celtics.
Wallace was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the then-New Jersey Nets in March of the lockout-shortened 2011-’12 season for center Mehmet Okur, forward Shawne Williams, and a lottery-protected 2012 first-round pick. At that time, Wallace was seen as a starting forward for an organization who was moving to Brooklyn and looking to transition themselves into a championship contender. The Nets spent a lot of money in the summer of 2012 as they signed Wallace to a four-year, $40 million deal. Wallace was instrumental in helping lead the former Charlotte Bobcats into the playoffs in 2009-’10 when the Bobcats fell to the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Nets were forced to slightly overpay for Wallace because they sent their first-round pick to the Blazers and they were hoping to bring point guard Deron Williams back. With a core of newly acquired Joe Johnson, center Brook Lopez, Williams, and Wallace, the Nets felt like they could compete with the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. The 12-year veteran out of the University of Alabama struggled with injuries as he averaged 7.7 points per game and shot less than 40% from the floor. The Nets suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the hands of the Bulls in seven games.
The Boston Celtics began their rebuilding process by taking Kelly Olynyk in the NBA Draft on Thursday.
The Boston Celtics are clearly in full rebuilding mode.
On Thursday, the Celtics agreed to trade Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph, and three future first round picks according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Garnett agreed to waive his no-trade clause after the Nets guaranteed the final year of his contract in 2014-’15 at $12 million.Another reason Garnett waived the no-trade clause was to play alongside Pierce for the opportunity to capture another championship. Bogans would be a sign-and-trade player since he is a free agent. The first round selections will be in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The 2014 pick could become either the Nets or the Atlanta Hawks pick depending on whatever the worst selection is for the Celtics. In 2017, the Celtics will have the opportunity to swap picks with the Nets if the Nets hold the higher pick. There are reports from Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix that the Celtics could swap Humphries to the Charlotte Bobcats for Ben Gordon. This deal will become official on July 10th because the 2012-’13 season will officially conclude on July 9th.
In the first round of the NBA Draft, the Celtics opened the post-Doc Rivers era by acquiring the 13th pick from the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics took Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga. The Celtics sent the Mavericks the 16th pick and two future second-rounders. Then the Mavericks eventually shipped the 16th choice to the Hawks for the 18th and 44th picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (left) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (right) will build on the physicality from their first meeting this year.
The Boston Celtics have overcome adversity this year to find themselves in the NBA postseason for the sixth consecutive season. The Celtics lost their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, to a season-ending torn right ACL in a January 25th double overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Rookie forward Jared Sullinger was forced to undergo surgery on his back in February that ended his season. Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the third quarter of the 94-91 loss against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 11th. In a matter 17 days, the Celtics lost three key players in their rotation.
This season has been split into the team with Rondo and the team without Rondo. Prior to Rondo’s injury, the Celtics were 20-23 and they had lost six consecutive games. Then the team improved their play and appeared to rally around people calling for their demise. They won their next seven contests, including a 100-98 overtime victory over the top team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, and were 14-4 in their initial 18 games without their floor leader. The team played well defensively and they spread the ball around. Jeff Green became the player that Danny Ainge hoped he was getting when he sent Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011. Green was more aggressive on the offensive end and his speed and length provided fits for the opposition. At one point the team was down to nine active players because of all the injuries. Ainge traded Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards for Jordan Crawford before the trade deadline ended on February 21st. He signed TerrPence Williams, Shavlik Randolph, and D.J. White. All three of these players came from the Chinese Basketball Association and had been unable to stick with a team in the NBA.