OFFSEASON

Barbosa plans to bring energy, defense to Celtics

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Barbosa plans to bring energy, defense to Celtics

BOSTON - Days after signing with the team, Leandro Barbosa has quickly picked up on the Boston Celtics way of basketball.

"I will bring energy, a lot of energy," he said on Sunday prior to the Celtics' preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. "I like to run, I like to bring a lot of offense, I like to score too. But we have a lot of scorers on the team, so we'll see. Whatever situation I'm in I'll try to do."

And what about wait for it

"Defense," he stated. "Defense is the first standpoint on the team."

The 29-year-old combo guard, who played with the Pacers and Raptors last season, had conversations with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining their rival, the Celtics. He comes to a team deep with backcourt production, meaning there is no guarantee on his minutes. That's OK with Barbosa, who is looking forward to a chance to win.

"It's a kind of situation I've been looking for, especially to play with Rajon Rondo. He likes to run and I love to run. I think it will be working really well," he said, adding, "They're all good players. I'm here just to help. As soon as I get my chance to get on the court, I'm just going to try to do my best to succeed and help the team."

Barbosa signed with the Celtics less than two weeks before the start of the regular season. Coach Doc Rivers said he was surprised Barbosa was still available. Had he had joined an NBA team, the only country Barbosa would have considered playing in was his native Brazil.

"I played there when I was in the lockout so it was great, but it's nothing compared to the NBA," he said. "I'm glad to be back."

Barbosa did not play on Sunday against the 76ers because of his visa. He expects to be able to play by Opening Night on Oct. 30 in Miami.

OFFSEASON

Who will make the Celtics roster?

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Who will make the Celtics roster?

BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.

But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.

Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.

The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.

But who will they be?

That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.

In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.

OFFSEASON

Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

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Boston Celtics announce 2016 preseason schedule

New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.

That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.

Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:

DATE               OPPONENT                  LOCATION                                                        TIME
Oct. 4               Philadelphia 76ers         UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA)     7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6               Charlotte Hornets          Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8               Charlotte Hornets          Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT)                  3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13             Brooklyn Nets               Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)                          7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15             New York Knicks           Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)             7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17             Brooklyn Nets               TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19             New York Knicks           TD Garden (Boston, MA)                                   7:30 p.m. ET