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According to the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, Doc Rivers is going to be trimming down the roster of 17 by Wednesday’s preseason game against the Knicks. I expect to see Jackie Manuel and Brandon Wallace cut as they are the players with the least amount of experience. They may spend some time in the NBDL this season. But, Doc could have something else up his sleeve:
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said today that he plans to trim the training camp roster, which currently stands at 17 players, by Wednesday’s exhibition game at the Garden against New York.
The bubble group includes veteran swingman Dahntay Jones, center Esteban Batista and rookies Brandon Wallace and Jackie Manuel.
Rivers allowed that any of his rookies – also including Glen “Big Baby’’ Davis and point guard Gabe Pruitt – could be sent to the NBDL. He may cut the roster to 14 – one short of the league maximum – to leave room in case a player has to be signed during the season.
Jones, the veteran in this group, is fighting for a job on a team that already has several players with his specialty – perimeter defense. But Rivers also said that this former Grizzlies swingman is “close to making the team.’’
Batista’s security may be helped by the fact that backup center Scot Pollard remains sidelined witbh a deep bone bruise on his left ankle.
Tony Allen also sat out the last portion of today’s practice after getting poked in the eye.