OFFSEASON

Celtics' Wilcox sits out practice; Sixers' Bynum to miss time

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Celtics' Wilcox sits out practice; Sixers' Bynum to miss time

WALTHAM -- News surfaced out of Philadelphia 76ers camp today that their new big man Andrew Bynum is going to be shut down for three weeks as he is still feeling some discomfort after offseason knee surgery.

The Celtics have been fortunate to not have any serious injury news like this already in camp.

Aside from Avery Bradley's offseason surgery, and the expected news that he would miss some time in the beginning of the season, the Celtics appear relatively healthy going forward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers did say that Chris Wilcox would sit out Monday's practice, although he didn't sound concerned.

"Chris is going to sit out today; took a pretty good hit," Rivers said. "Theres no other reason than that."

It's unclear what exactly is bothering Wilcox, but we'll keep an eye on him this week.

As for Bynum, here's a brief report from the Sixers official website:
Today, the Sixers announced that center Andrew Bynum will be withheld from basketball activities for the next 21 days in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the non-invasive Orthokine therapy that both of his knees underwent last month.He was recently examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health and diagnosed with a bone bruise of the medial femoral chondyle on his right knee.

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