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Stevens: Marcus Morris' Oct. 30 target return date 'a little bit optimistic'

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Stevens: Marcus Morris' Oct. 30 target return date 'a little bit optimistic'

Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris was targeting October 30 against San Antonio for his first game with the Green Team, but head coach Brad Stevens says the waiting game may last a little longer for the 6-foot-9 forward.

“I don’t know that he will play Monday but he’s getting a lot closer,” Stevens said prior to Boston playing at Miami. “That’s good.”

Morris, who has been suffering from a sore left knee that bothered him prior to him showing up for Boston's training camp, did not travel with the team during its two-game road swing through Milwaukee and tonight in Miami to continue getting treatments.

“He needs to have at least a day of hard practice with our guys before he could play in a game,” Stevens said. “That’s probably a little bit optimistic for Monday.”

It’s unclear if the Celtics will practice upon their return to Boston on Sunday. Even if they do, it would be a relatively light one which is why his first action for the Celtics is more likely to be on Wednesday against Sacramento.

Morris came to Boston this summer via trade from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. He was not with the team at the start of training camp due to a court trial in Phoenix for assault-related charges stemming from an incident in January of 2015. Both he and his twin brother Markieff Morris (he plays for the Washington Wizards) were acquitted of the charges.

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Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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