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Wallace: I Didn’t Want a Team Rebuild

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As for his first season with the Celts, (Gerald) Wallace said, “It’s been great. The experience has been fun. I mean, losing (stinks). It always does. I felt like we’re a lot better than what our record shows. We’ve had some ups and down, some learning curves — not only from the players but also from the coaching staff, as well. So everybody’s learning. Everybody had an adjustment. But for the most part it’s been a great season.”

A better season than he expected when he expressed disappointment at being traded here from the Nets.

“I just hope the fans didn’t take offense to me saying I didn’t want to be here as a part of me saying I didn’t want to be a part of them or the organization,” Wallace said. “My main thing was the rebuilding process. I didn’t want to go through a whole rebuilding process where you’ve got to start all over 13 years into my career. It was nothing toward them.”

via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald

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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery

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Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.

“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.

Source: ESPN

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Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’

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Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”

Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.

Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN

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Sources: Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson

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Sources: Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson has been released by Denver, clears free agency waivers Friday.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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