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.
Larkin (shoulder) remains without a timetable for his return to the floor.
Larkin last dressed for the Celtics in Game 4 against the 76ers, logging just two minutes before suffering the shoulder injury. At last check, he has yet to take contact, furthering the notion that his return may not be a swift one. It's likely best to consider him out indefinitely until reports begin to suggest otherwise, leaving Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart to man the point for Boston.
Larkin (shoulder) has yet to take contact in practice and is still dealing with some discomfort, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.
In addition to the final game of the semifinals, Larkin has now missed back-to-back contests against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. The fact that the shoulder is still giving him pain doesn't bode well for a speedy return and unless he's cleared for contact in the next couple of games, Larkin should be considered doubtful for Game 3 on Saturday. Look for official confirmation on his availability to be released on game day, but at this point, there appears to be a decent chance Larkin misses a couple more outings.
Larkin (shoulder) has been ruled out for Games 1 and 2 and is unlikely to appear in the series against the Cavaliers, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.
As expected, Larkin probably won't suit up until late in the Eastern Conference Finals, if at all, as he continues to nurse a left shoulder sprain. So, Marcus Smart will probably see significant minutes at backup point guard behind starter Terry Rozier.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge stated Thursday that Larkin (shoulder) would likely be unavailable until late in the Eastern Conference Finals, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports reports.
This all but certainly rules out Larkin for the first two games of the series, which are set to take place Sunday and Tuesday. Ainge's statements fall right in line with those of head coach Brad Stevens on Wednesday, when he said Larkin would be out for the foreseeable future. If anything, Ainge may be a little more optimistic, but the Celtics will have to take the Cavaliers into deep waters to see Larkin's prospective availability come to fruition. The veteran guard had been a steady rotation player through the first ten games of the postseason, averaging 4.1 points and 2.0 assists across 15.2 minutes.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens relayed Wednesday that Larkin (shoulder), who was ruled out for Game 5 against the 76ers, likely won't be available for the foreseeable future.
Though Stevens suggested tests on Larkin's sprained left shoulder revealed that surgery likely won't be necessary, the point guard is "very, very sore." With those comments in mind, Larkin will likely need to practice without too much discomfort before the Celtics consider reintegrating him into the rotation. That seems unlikely to happen for the duration of the Celtics' series with the 76ers, and Larkin probably won't be ready to go for the Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Cavaliers either, should Boston advance. A clearer timetable for Larkin should emerge in the days to follow, but it looks like Marcus Smart will step in as the primary backup at point guard behind Terry Rozier until further notice.
Larkin (shoulder) was ruled out Wednesday for the Celtics' Game 5 tilt with the 76ers.
Larkin was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain after departing early in Game 4 and will need at least a couple days to get over the issue. With Kyrie Irving (knee) shut down for the season, the Celtics can ill afford more personnel losses at point guard, especially with head coach Brad Stevens preferring to use the bruising Marcus Smart in more of an off-the-ball role. With Larkin unavailable, Smart will now likely serve as the top backup point guard Wednesday behind starter Terry Rozier, who could even see slightly more playing time despite averaging 39.0 minutes through the first four games of the series.
Larkin (shoulder) didn't return to Monday's Game 4 and is set to have additional tests performed Tuesday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Larkin was forced from Monday's contest after just two minutes and despite being questionable to return, he never came back to the bench. He'll now go in for additional tests Tuesday, which should give us a better indication on whether or not Larkin will be ready for Game 5 on Wednesday. Tentatively consider him questionable and another update should be provided in the next 24 hours or so.
Larkin left Monday's Game 4 in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury and is questionable to return, Chris Forsberg of ESPN reports.
The fact that Larkin hasn't been ruled out for the rest of the contest entirely is somewhat encouraging that the injury isn't overly serious. That said, it's still a toss-up for whether or not Larkin ultimately gets back in the game, so keep an eye out for another update in the near future. Larkin played just two minutes before heading to the locker room.
Larkin tallied 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), 10 rebounds and seven assists across 26 minutes during Wednesday's 110-97 win over the Nets.
Larkin got the start with Terry Rozier resting, coming through with an excellent showing in the boards and missing out on a triple-double by just three assists. Rozier should command all the minutes he can handle during the postseason, limiting Larkin to sporadic usage off the bench.
Larkin will draw the start at point guard for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Nets, Celtics play-by-play analyst Sean Grande reports.
With Terry Rozier out for rest, Larkin is the next man up at point guard and should see significant run. In his one previous start this season, he posted nine points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 16.1 minutes.
Larkin (illness) will be available for Friday's game against the Bulls, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
An illness kept Larkin out of the previous three games, but he'll be back in action Friday for the shorthanded Celtics, who will still be without a number of regulars. In addition to injuries to Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, and Gordon Hayward, Boston will rest Al Horford and Jayson Tatum.
Larkin (illness) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
Larkin is expected to miss a third straight game with an illness that hospitalized him over the weekend. While he's since been released, the Celtics are going to ease him back and as a result, will hold the young guard out once again against the Raptors. Terry Rozier (ankle) is listed as questionable, while Kyrie Irving (knee) and Marcus Smart (thumb) remain out, so the Celtics could be very shorthanded in the backcourt once again.
Larkin (illness) will not play Tuesday against Milwaukee.
There was some hope that Larkin would be able to meet the team in Milwaukee, but that won't be the case after he spent a couple of days in the hospital over the weekend. Coach Brad Stevens noted that Larkin is feeling better Tuesday, and there's a chance he could meet the Celtics in Toronto for Wednesday night's game.
The Celtics are now listing Larkin (illness) as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.
After Larkin was hospitalized over the weekend due to flu-like symptoms, the Celtics announced he wouldn't travel with the team for its back-to-back road contests in Milwaukee and Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. However, the questionable designation implies that Larkin's condition may have taken a turn for the better in the past 24 hours, though it remains uncertain if he'll be a realistic option off the bench Tuesday. Should Larkin remain unavailable for a second straight contest, 10-day signee Xavier Silas would likely act as the top backup to starting point guard Terry Rozier (ankle) in a banged-up Boston backcourt.
Larkin (illness) was discharged from the hospital on Monday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. He will miss the Celtics' next two games.
Larkin was scratched from Saturday's game against the Raptors with flu-like symptoms, and he spent the better part of the last two days in a local hospital. While his release is certainly an encouraging sign, Larkin will be held out of Tuesday's game against Milwaukee, as well as Wednesday's matchup with Toronto. With Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart both out and Terry Rozier considered questionable to play Tuesday, the Celtics may be forced to get creative with their backcourt alignments.