Celtics

Celtics send Yabusele to Maine Red Claws

celtics_guerschon_yabusele_101617.jpg

Celtics send Yabusele to Maine Red Claws

BOSTON – The Celtics have assigned rookie forward Guerschon Yabusele to the Maine Red Claws of the Gatorade League.

MORE CELTICS:

The move isn’t all that surprising when you consider the lack of playing time Yabusele has been able to earn thus far this season.
 
He has appeared in just seven games for the Celtics, averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 4.6 minutes of court time, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field.
 
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward was selected by Boston with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 draft.
 
This is not his first stint with Boston’s G-League affiliate.
 
He spent most of last season playing in China but arrived last spring to appear in two regular season games with the Red Claws in which he averaged 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting to go with 10 rebounds per game.
 
The decision to send him to the G-League speaks to where his development is at the moment. While he has shown glimpses of being able to help the Celtics sooner rather than later, there are just too many game-ready players ahead of him on the depth chart who are more capable of contributing at this moment.
 
He produced 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting and 10.0 rebounds in two games with the Red Claws last season, before appearing in all five of the team’s postseason games.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE


 

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. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE


 

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.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE