WALTHAM — There was a time where the Celtics’ roster was loaded with players, depth wasn’t an issue for coach Brad Stevens.
Those days are long gone after an eventful Friday at the team’s practice facility, when Stevens revealed that veteran forward Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus and bone spurs in his ankle and is out for the season.
Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed Wallace is out for the season and will need surgery. He has two more years on his contract. Also, Stevens said Vitor Faverani had a second opinion on his sore left knee and may also need surgery, although Ainge said it was “premature” to assume the burly center will miss the rest of the season.
“Listen, a lot of teams go through injury and we’re going through our share right now and that’s just part of it,” Ainge said. “It’s been very refreshing to have Gerald. He brings great energy to the game and great passion and intensity that I think our players and our fans feel. He will be missed.”
Meanwhile, Stevens added that Kelly Olynyk (sprained left big toe) is doubtful for Saturday against Indiana but may return Wednesday and Avery Bradley (sprained right ankle) will be re-examined next week. Jared Sullinger (concussion) was expected to practice today and could play Saturday against Indiana.
The Celtics added Chris Babb from NBADL Maine to a 10-day contract for depth. The Celtics roster is full at 15 players and Ainge said the team has no intentions of buying out the contract of Keith Bogans, who had two more nonguaranteed years on his contract, which could be used as a trade chip this summer. So the Celtics will go with 14 players.
“We’re concerned to have a shorter number of guys than we usually do for players, developing of our players,” Ainge said. “For right now, we’re hurting but I see those guys (Olynyk, Sullinger, Bradley) coming back in a short window anyway.”