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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward Expected to be at ‘Full Speed’ for Training Camp

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Boston Celtics team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is confident that both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will be ready to go when the Celtics open their training camp next month.

“I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that if our training camp were starting today that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge said, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp (September 26).”

Hayward only played five minutes in his first season with the team before breaking his ankle during their opening night game, forcing him to miss the entire regular season and playoffs as he recovered.

Irving eventually underwent season-ending surgery in April after dealing with lingering issues in his left knee all season.

“They’ll both be here within the next week or so; by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5,” Ainge said.. “I think it’s just a matter of, if they’re not playing 5-on-5 now, then it’s only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They’re doing everything — dunking the basketball off both legs and playing one-on-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I’m excited for them.”

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Celtics Pick Up Options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Guerschon Yabusele

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The Boston Celtics have opted to pick up their 2019-2020 team options on Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Guerschon Yabusele, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

Brown’s fourth-year option guarantees his $6,534,829 cap charge for next season, while Tatum will be locked in for a  $7,830,000 cap hit for the 2019-2020 season, both moves considered to be no brainers given their development.

The decision on Yabusele, who hasn’t shown much of anything over 38 games since joining Boston, is a bit more of a surprise, but the Celtics see something in his to warrant their decision to keep him a part of their team moving forward.

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Celtics’ Aron Baynes Ruled Out for Game Against Magic

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The Boston Celtics will take the court for Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic without the services of center Aron Bynes, who has been officially ruled out due to a hamstring injury, the team officially announced.

Baynes suffered the injury during Saturday’s game against the New York Knicks, a game that saw him get the start for the first time this season, but was only able to play in just 12 minutes of action before the second quarter injury.

Baynes plays in a reserve role behind Al Horford and has scored 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game thus far this season.

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Celtics’ Terry Rozier Rejected Contract Extension Offer

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Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier rejected a contract extension from the team that would have paid him roughly $12 million annually, according to a report from A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston.

Rozier’s decision to decline the contract offer was a decision made by him and his management team.

“I’m in a great situation,” Rozier said, according to NBC Sports Boston. “My team felt it wasn’t good for me to sign an extension right now. It opens my options a little bit, but I’m focused on what’s happening right now.”

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