Ex-Celtics coach Doc Rivers tells Kyle Draper that Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have the C's headed in the right direction.
The depleted Celtics will sign guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, according to The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.
Celtics expected to sign Sean Kilpatrick to 10-day contract later today. Combo guard most recently played through two 10-days with Clippers.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 24, 2018
Kilpatrick, 28, 6-4, 210 pounds, who played at the University of Cincinnati, most recently played for the Clippers this season and has spent time with the Bucks and Brooklyn Nets the past two seasons.
With their spate of injuries lately, including Kyrie Irving undergoing a procedure on his knee Saturday, the Celtics have been granted a "hardship roster exemption" by the NBA.
The Celtics say Kyrie Irving will be able to return to "basketball activities in 3-6 weeks" and multiple reports expressed optimism that he'll able to return to the team sometime during the playoffs.
Hearing that there’s optimism that Kyrie Irving could return either near the start of the playoffs or, on the later end, in a conference semifinals series.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) March 24, 2018
Also from Celtics: Irving’s patella found to now be fully healed. Tension wire believed to have caused the irritation.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 24, 2018
The team released the following statement:
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving today underwent a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The wire was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of a fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals. While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.
While "basketball activities" doesn't necessarily mean playing in games, the playoffs begin April 14 and the conference finals start as early as May 13, which could Irving playing again with the Celtics in the postseason should they advance.
Irving underwent the procedure on his left knee to help alleviate the soreness that has kept him out the past five games. There was a fear that Irving could be lost for the rest of the season, including playoffs.
More to come...