Monday was a very newsy day around Waltham as the Celtics had more bodies out there at practice but the missing one is a reason for concern.
*Team president Danny Ainge said that Jeff Green is undergoing further tests for a medical issue discovered during his physical and he will be out for a few more days. Ainge did not seem concerned but would not divulge the nature of the issue, citing “doctor-patient privilege.”
Ainge said Green should be back in a few days and the team is “just being cautious.”
*Ainge also revealed that the team no longer as its valuable $3 million mini mid-level exception because it was used on forward Chris Wilcox. Wilcox did not want to reveal his salary when talking to reporters Friday, leading to the belief he had signed for the minimum. But Wilcox is earning the same salary he did last season in Detroit.
*Delonte West is still a free agent and AInge said it’s “uncertain” whether the Celtics are interested in bringing him back.
*Brandon Bass reported to camp and practiced for the first time since being traded and said he is happy to be in Boston and prepared to come off the bench.
*Doc Rivers said rookie E’Twaun Moore was “one of the best players in the gym today, forget being a rookie. The white (team) won both scrimmages and he carried the game.”
*Paul Pierce practiced most of Monday but sat out at the end, getting his sore right heel massaged.
*Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle) was present but did not practice. Rivers said he should return Tuesday or Wednesday.
*Rivers is happy to have Sasha Pavlovic back in green, “I think he could be a really good player,” Rivers said. “He’s still relatively young, and we’re going to try to get it out of him.”
*Rivers also said he may play as many of 10 players because of the compacted season and to capitalize on the team’s depth.