WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics rookie James Young emerged from a pre-practice strength session Monday to find some teammates had already launched into shooting drills. "They started without me?" Young cracked. Welcome to the life of a rookie.
Young has been sidelined since Boston's exhibition opener with a strained left hamstring. The 17th overall pick in June's draft was expected to participate in Monday's non-contact session then ramp up again on Tuesday with the goal of playing in the Celtics' exhibition finale on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
"[Young will] play Wednesday if he’s able to go," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "And obviously we’ll have to balance that appropriately, because the last thing you want to do is re-injure a lingering issue. But as long as he’s cleared and gets a couple days under his belt -- he’ll be sore if he goes full hard [Monday], even though we’re not going contact, because of how much we are moving. Then that will be good [for ramping him up]."
Young injured his hamstring while stretching before his preseason debut, but played on adrenaline and scored 10 points in 20 minutes of action. He's missed the last six games while recovering.
Young's absence could force him to distinguish himself in practice. When healthy, Boston has quality depth at the perimeter positions and Young will likely have to claw his way up the depth chart despite some encouraging glimpses to this point.
For now, simply getting back on the practice floor is a start in that process.
ROSTER MOVES AHEAD
Stevens said that Boston's trim to 15 regular-season players is likely to occur "in the next couple days." The team's three training camp invites -- Tim Frazier, Christian Watford, and Rodney McGruder -- would seem likely to be waived in the aftermath of Wednesday's exhibition finale with the Celtics hopeful they'll land with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League as affiliated players.
Newly acquired Will Bynum was not at the team's practice facility on Monday. The Celtics can waive him in order to help drop to 15 if no other roster moves can be made to create additional space. Read more on Boston's impending trim down HERE.
• Coming to America: Vitor Faverani, who underwent knee surgery last week in Spain, should be back with the Celtics soon to continue his rehab here. "I think the end of the week is what I’ve been told, but I don’t know exact date," said Stevens. "I think Thursday or Friday is what we were anticipating and what we were told last."
• Split practice: The Celtics have four practice sessions scheduled this week sandwiched around Wednesday's exhibition finale. To break up the monotony, Stevens split up Monday's non-contact session. "We’re doing two small group sessions instead of one big practice, just to do something different and get a little bit more attention on individuals," said Stevens. "[Tuesday] we’ll do a normal practice and Wednesday will be probably a little less minutes for some of our main rotation players as far the guys who are going to get the most minutes. But just continue to play the same way we’ve been playing. Continue to strive to get better. There’s a lot of things that we can do on both ends of the floor to get better."