Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

Celtics notes: Wafer strains calf

By Jessica Camerato

BOSTON - Von Wafer had seen it happen to his teammates numerous times this season. He was one of the few, though, who had avoided the injury bug.

But it bit on Friday night, leaving Wafer with a strained right calf and an uncertain timetable for his return.

I feel alright, just a little sore, he said after the game. The calf is sore.

Wafer expects to miss a few days, with treatment to be determined. He left the game with a boot on his right foot, but he is trying to keep his spirits from being hobbled.

This is not the first injury of his four-year career, after all. Besides, he has seen his teammates fight back from long-term injuries this season, which he looks at as motivation.

Thats just what Im going to try to do, he said. Ill be alright.

The First Supper

When Ray Allen learned the Celtics were acquiring Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic from the Oklahoma City Thunder, he got ahold of Greens phone number from a mutual friend.

He sent Green a text message to welcome him to the team.

He texted me saying things are going to be great, Green recalled to CSNNE.com.

When Green and Krstic joined the team in Los Angeles, Green invited Allen to join the newcomers for dinner. Allen cancelled his plans, pleased by the eagerness of a young player.

Green wasnt a sushi-eater, but he couldnt turn down the company.

It was just a great talk - me getting to know him and him getting to know me and Nenad, Green said.

Allen wanted to share the mentality of the team, explain Doc Rivers philosophies, and give a glimpse into each of the Celtics.

I talk a lot, Allen laughed. So they probably couldnt get a lot in.

Up next

The Celtics will travel to Milwaukee on Saturday to play the Bucks. The Celtics won their first meeting of the season, 105-102 in overtime at TD Garden. Paul Pierce led all players with 28 points while Rajon Rondo dished 15 assists.

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Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's top teams -- and not just in terms of talent. Forbes has ranked the Celtics as the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise at $2.2 billion.

The Celtics "sport" valuation is one of the highest in the NBA at $674 million. Their "market" valuation comes in as $883 million, their "arena" valuation falls at $341 million and their "brand" valuation stands at $302 million.

Boston is a constant in a continually emerging NBA. Forbes reports the NBA is worth $1.36 billion, which 3.5 times its value five years ago. The league is also on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will provide stability in the league for that duration. The NBA also signed a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that began at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The Celtics will continue to play an important part in the growth of the league.