Larkin confirmed Thursday that he would sign a one-year, $1.8 million contract with Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League, freelance reporter David Pick reports. The 25-year-old, who suited up in 54 regular-season tilts for the Celtics last season and averaged 4.3 points, 1.8 assists, 1.7 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game, likely had opportunities from NBA teams to compete for a role as a depth point guard. It's less likely, however, that any offers Larkin might have received contained much guaranteed money, prompting him to head overseas for greater financial security. If Larkin shows well during his time in Europe, he might be able to secure more favorable offers stateside next summer.
Larkin (shoulder) is feeling good, but he won't play Sunday against the Cavaliers, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports. Larkin won't be available for the series finale as he continues to deal with a shoulder "sprain, partially torn ligament." Additionally, Larkin would be putting himself at risk to play in the NBA Finals should the Celtics beat the Cavaliers on Sunday, seeing as he could require an operation if he takes a significant hit on his left shoulder within the next six weeks. Despite this, he's been working in practice with coaches hitting him with pads in order to build up a pain tolerance so that he'll be able to play should Boston make it to the next round.
Coach Brad Stevens said he does not expect Larkin (shoulder) to be available for Friday's Game 6 against Cleveland. "He's progressing," Stevens said, "but I don't think he'll be available for [Game 6] or for the next." The reserve guard played key minutes off the bench in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but he's been nursing a sprained left shoulder, and Friday will mark his seventh consecutive absence. Given Stevens' quote, it seems unlikely that Larkin would be available for Sunday's Game 7 (if necessary), but he could return for the NBA Finals, should the Celtics close out the Cavs.
Larkin (shoulder) is out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Cleveland. As expected, Larkin won't participate in Wednesday's tilt and remains doubtful to return during the series. That said, his next chance to take the floor will arrive Friday, when the team travels back to Cleveland for Game 6.
Larkin (shoulder) is doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers, but still has a chance of returning at some point during the series. Larkin remains without an official timetable for a return, but is relatively close to getting back to game action. He last suited up for Game 4 against the Sixers -- the game in which he hurt his shoulder. Assuming he doesn't see the floor Wednesday, his next chance to play comes Friday.
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