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Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic

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Garnett still plans to play in World All-Star Classic

The World All-Star Classic has lost some of its shine recently, with some of the NBA's top players opting to not participate.

But there's one perennial all-star - Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett - who, according to his agent, is very much still in the mix.

"He's planning on doing it," his agent, Andy Miller, told CSNNE.com on Wednesday evening.

A commitment from Garnett is huge for tournament organizers who have seen some of the game's top players, pull out recently.

According to ESPN.com, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have all pulled out. Other notable stars withdrawing from the World All-Star Classic recently include league MVP Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

The tour is scheduled to begin Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From there, games are expected to be played in London (Nov. 1 and 3), Cotai, Macau (Nov. 6) and Melbourne, Australia (Nov. 8-9).

In addition to Garnett, other Celtics expected to play include Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

According to organizers, other NBA stars who have signed contracts to play include Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Chris Bosh (Heat), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls), Amar'e Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks) and Chris Kaman (Clippers).

It is unclear who the league will target as potential replacements for those who have withdrawn.

While the players won't pull down the kind of money they would for an NBA game, several reports indicate that players will receive "six figures to 1 million," with some proceeds going to charity.

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
 
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
 
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
 
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
 
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
 
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
 
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.