Yabusele has fully recovered from ankle surgery and will take part in Monday's informal practices, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.
This is great news for the Celtics' 2016 first-round pick, as foot problems prevented him from participating in this year's summer league, and he'll now get to spend some extended time with the team through training camp. Boston, however, is loaded in the frontcourt, and Yabusele will likely struggle to find quality minutes in his debut season with the team, so some extended time in the G League could be on the horizon for the rookie.
The terms of Yabusele's deal haven't been disclosed, so it remains to be seen if it's a guaranteed contract for the upcoming season or if it's a two-way pact that'd keep him in the G-League for most of the year. Either way, Yabusele will be with the Celtics during training camp after being the 16th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Last season, Yabusele played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, before coming to the United States to play for the Maine Red Claws in the G-League. With the Red Claws, Yabusele averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 27.3 minutes, while also shooting 49 percent from the floor. Even if he does make the Celtics' regular-season roster, Yabusele could struggle to field minutes in a loaded frontcourt.
Yabusele (foot) will not play for Boston in this year's summer league, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Yabusele will need the summer to rehab and recover after having surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet. As Yabusele looks to transition back into the NBA after spending much of last season in China, his absence from summer league surely won't ease that move, so his status for next season is completely up in the air. Expect the team to provide updates regarding the 2016 first-round pick's healthy throughout the summer.
Yabusele recently underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from both of his feet and is not likely to play in this year's summer league, Chris Fosberg of ESPN reports.
Yabusele was selected by the Celtics with the 16h overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but spent much of last season in China before playing in the D-League in March. Yabusele averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game with the Maine Red Claws during their playoff run and potentially could have joined Boston for the 2017-18 season had they left a roster spot open for him. The team will likely update update the big man's status throughout the summer, but his absence from summer league surely won't help ease his transition into the NBA.
Yabusele is expected to make his debut for the Celtic's D-League Maine Red Claws on Friday, ESPN's Chris Forsberg reports.
The French draft stash played well for the Shanghai Sharks and will now test his skills on American soil. There was concern regarding an ankle injury, but he's clearly now ready to go. The 16th pick in the 2016 draft will need to prove himself both in Maine and during summer Las Vegas play to earn a Celtic's roster spot next season.
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