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_No clearance yet for Rondo _
By Nick Borges | ESPN.com
(http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/post?id=17589#comments) * *
According to _ESPNBoston.com_
(http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4708049/ainge-offers-minor-rondo-update) , Celtics president of
basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday during his weekly radio appearance
that point guard_Rajon Rondo_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3026/rajon-rondo) is progressing nicely, however he is still a ways away from
getting complete clearance from the medical staff.
"Rondo is practicing, he's been cleared to have some contact, like 1-on-1,
but not 5-on-5 full-court practice yet," said Ainge. "We’re just taking it
week by week right now, but he's not ready to come back this week. I'm not
sure when he'll be cleared, but he's working really hard and we're anxious
to get him ready to go."
Head coach Brad Stevens has decided to shift _Avery Bradley_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4240/avery-bradley) over to shooting guard, his
natural position, and start _Jordan Crawford_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4243/jordan-crawford) at point guard. Stevens may go with Crawford in
that spot until Rondo is ready to return to the active roster.
(http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/tag/_/name/rajon-rondo) , _Jordan Crawford_
(http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/tag/_/name/jordan-crawford) , _Avery Bradley_
_Are Bradley's days at PG over? _
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
_Gary Dzen of Boston.com_
om_the_celt.html?camp=twit:celtics&SREF=Optin&dlvrit=834396) writes today
that (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4240/avery-bradley) _Avery
Bradley_ (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4240/avery-bradley) 's inability to
handle the point is one of the top observations to be taken from the
Celtics' opening week of the regular season.
"Bradley can't run the offense," he writes. "Brad Stevens started Bradley
at shooting guard (Wednesday) night alongside
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4243/jordan-crawford) _Jordan Crawford_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/4243/jordan-crawford) , and the results were much better. Heading
into the game the Celtics were averaging a league-worst 21 turnovers per
game. That number dropped to 14 vs. the Jazz.
"I'm one of Bradley's biggest supporters, but through five games he's
averaging 3.4 turnovers to 2.6 assists. On the other hand, Crawford has
averaged 3 assists and 1 turnover per game."
Now, to be fair, Crawford had the benefit of playing a Utah team that's
currently in an even worse place at the point, relying on
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1024/jamaal-tinsley) _Jamaal Tinsley_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2866/john-lucas-iii) _John Lucas III_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2866/john-lucas-iii) , but the knock on Bradley's point guard skills is
hardly breaking news.
With Boston looking like its going to be in rebuild mode this season, the
better question going forward is whether Bradley can be their two-guard of
the future. He's due to become a restricted free agent after the season, so
that could all come down to how well he plays over the next six months.
And for the time being, don't be surprised if Stevens starts relying more on
Crawford and _Phil Pressey_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2530722/phil-pressey) to handle the point guard duties until Rondo returns.
_No time for Humphries _
By Nick Borges | ESPN.com
_Kris Humphries_ (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2433/kris-humphries)
is in the final year of his contract, paying a team-high $12 million, and
so far he's only played 27 minutes over two games. Why isn't he playing
more? Because the _Boston Celtics_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/bos/boston-celtics) are in a rebuilding year and they want to give the minutes at
power forward and center to _Brandon Bass_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2745/brandon-bass) , _Vitor Faverani_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3046453/vitor-faverani) , _Kelly Olynyk_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2489663/kelly-olynyk) and _Jared Sullinger_
(http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/6624/jared-sullinger) since they are part of the future and
Humphries' days are numbered.
"First of all, it's really a hard call," head coach Brad Stevens tells
_CSN New England_
(http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/time-isnt-right-celtics-humphries) . "We talked about it the other day before we played Memphis.
There's not much separation between those five guys (including Brandon Bass);
there's really not. And I also don't think that's been our biggest issue.
I think our front line's been good. I don't think it's been perfect, but
it's been good. And I'm trying to figure out how we can play those five guys,
because they're all five very productive players for us. It's just been a
matter of numbers, it really has."
Humphries will probably stick with the Celtics through the Feb. 20 trade
deadline, however as March 1 gets closer he and the team will likely agree
to a buyout. This will allow him to hook up with a 2014 playoff team and the
Celtics can increase their room below the luxury tax line.
Playoff teams that might call Humphries, should he become a free agent,
include Chicago, New York, Indiana, LA Clippers, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and
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