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Celtics Notes: Offseason, Allen, Barbosa, Bradley

It seems hard to steal the NBA's offseason headlines without landing a star these days.  While the Celtics didn't do that, the team had an extremely effective offseason, adding Jeff Green, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Leandro Barbosa and drafting Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph.  Chuck Myron posted some Celtic-specific links this morning, and here are a couple more:

  • Doc Rivers said the Celtics will carry 15 players and that the team will announce the final cuts soon, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely.  Blakely also says that Kris Joseph will get the 15th spot, meaning Rob Kurz and Micah Downs will be cut.  We will keep an eye out for official word from the C's in the coming days.
  • Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald tweets that he doesn't think that Kurz and Downs will be on the Celtics roster for much longer.  The signing of Leandro Barbosa seems to have closed the door on their roster hopes.
  • In this CSN New England video, former NBAer turned
    Celtics analyst Donny Marshall addresses Ray Allen's comments over the weekend
    that the Celtics put him in a position where he had to leave
    Marshall, who played 119 games for the Cavs and Nets, said it is easy to blame
    the player, but many times the teams are just as much at fault in situations like this one. 
  • We heard earlier that Barbosa talked to the
    Lakers before joining the Celtics.  While the newly-signed Barbosa won't be
    playing for the team until his visa issues are resolved, the veteran guard has said all the right things since arriving in
    Boston, writes Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.
  • Jimmy Toscano of CSN New England caught up with Avery Bradley, who is now shooting every other day to work his way back from two offseason shoulder surgeries.  Bradley is on track to come back in mid-December and while the team is deeper than they were last year, Bradley is hoping to come back stronger than ever:  "I just have to be ready for my team.  If I'm starting, I'm starting.  If I'm not, I'm not.  I just have to be prepared for what Doc wants me to do, and I'm going to.  Like I tell everybody, I'm going to come back stronger than last year."

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