The Celtics finalized their 15-man roster on Monday, waiving Will Bynum, Tim Frazier, Rodney McGruder, Erik Murphy, Christian Watford and Jarell Eddie. All six players were added to the roster over the summer, and their departures do not come as a surprise.

The Celtics recently acquired Bynum’s expiring $2.9 million contract in a trade that sent Joel Anthony‘s expiring $3.8 million deal to the Detroit Pistons. It’s not clear whether Bynum accepted a buyout for less than his full salary this season.

Murphy was guaranteed just $100,000, and the remaining group all entered training camp on non-guaranteed deals. The C’s can assign up to four players to their D-League affiliate in Maine, and all but Bynum are candidates for the Red Claws. Eddie, in particular, was recently claimed off waivers and seems destined for Crustacean Nation.

The news comes as a welcome sign for Dwight Powell, the Stanford forward who the Celtics acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a package of players that also included Murphy in return for Keith Bogans. The 6-foot-11, 24-pound Powell averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes over six preseason games.

Here is the final 15-man roster, barring a last-minute trade before Wednesday’s opener.

GUARDS: Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Marcus Thornton, Phil Pressey
WINGS: Evan Turner, Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, James Young
BIGS: Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass, Vitor Faverani, Powell

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Ben Rohrbach

All preseason long Brad Stevens has been unwilling to place a percentage on the chances that his star point guard, Rajon Rondo, will be a

All preseason long Brad Stevens has been unwilling to place a percentage on the chances that his star point guard, Rajon Rondo, will be available on opening night. Rondo is just over four weeks into his recovery from surgery on a broken left hand, but he seems to be way ahead of schedule despite the coach’s hesitancy to announce his return.

“There’s a lot of ifs there,” Stevens said regarding Rondo’s status prior to Monday’s practice. “I’d still say he’s somewhere in the realm of questionable, but it certainly looks like all signs have been moving forward.”

If you know Rondo, then you know he is a much more of a precise type of guy.

So what percentage would Rondo place on himself to play on opening night? “Probably 79 [percent] right now,” he concluded Monday.

Obviously, Rondo was asked to expand on his answer: “I feel good, it’s just that contact is a completely different thing if I land on it.” Rondo went on to explain that he has only been through one practice with contact so far, but has not landed on or been hit on the hand. Rondo did admit that he had gotten it tangled up in a jersey, however, it caused him no pain or issues.

“He was good on Friday,” Stevens said of the lone contact practice that Rondo referred to. “He’ll go full again [on Monday], then I think he’s going to re-see the doctors [on Tuesday], maybe Wednesday morning.

“It’s going to be about how he feels,” Stevens ultimately offered. “So if he goes through the next couple of days without pain and feels really good and the doctors give him clearance, then he’ll be good to go.”

So what could Rondo’s minutes look like on Wednesday?

“If he were to play as early as this week then I would probably play him in shorter stints, but still play him quite a bit,” said Stevens. “Obviously you want him to get a flow and rhythm, but when we’re talking about five- or six-minute stints, that’s plenty of time.”

On Rondo’s overall minutes per game, Stevens said: “I think we’ll probably play it as is once he’s ready to play. Again, it has not been a conditioning issue because he’s been able to run the whole time.”

It’s still too early to jump to any conclusions and rule Rondo a go for Wednesday, but his status clearly looks much more optimistic than anticipated. The original prognosis of 6-8 weeks suggested that Rondo would miss between 4-10 regular-season games, so simply the fact that he has a chance of playing in the first game is impressive.

Seventy-nine percent is a high number, though — and it seems to be getting higher every day. Without being overly optimistic, it feels like there’s a great chance we hear Rondo’s name announced when it’s time for the starting lineups on Wednesday night.

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Julian Edlow

According to WCVB, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday morning on a charge of larceny.

According to WCVB, Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday morning on a charge of larceny. The station said that the charge stemmed from accusations of repeatedly bouncing checks to a contractor who installed approximately $39,000 worth of cabinets in McCarty’s home.

“This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building,” McCarty said in a team-issued press release. “We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending.”

McCarty pleaded not guilty and was released without bail, with a hearing date of Dec. 11. According to WCVB, a court document said that McCarty’s identity was stolen, playing a role in the bouncing of checks. McCarty spent 10 seasons in the NBA (eight with the Celtics). He’s in his second season as an assistant coach with the Celtics.

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After spending his first 15 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics, Paul Pierce now will be playing for his second team in as many years.

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The Celtics wrapped up the preseason with a 100-86 victory over the Nets at the TD Garden Wednesday night (check out the box s

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart

The Celtics wrapped up the preseason with a 100-86 victory over the Nets at the TD Garden on Wednesday night (check out the box score here). Brooklyn rested its starters, while Rajon Rondo was out once again with a broken left hand for the Celtics.

Brad Stevens only played starters Jeff Green and Avery Bradley in the first quarter, while Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger shined in their final tune up before the regular season.

Here are other reasons why you should have cared about the Celtics‘ preseason finale:

Marcus Smart had a very strong showing back in the starting point guard role

Smart opened up the game by swishing a 3-pointer out of the corner, which was nice for Celtics fans to see since shooting is one of his biggest weaknesses. However, Smart did a much better job of slashing through the lane than he has in previous games. He was able to connect on three layups in traffic, while also going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Attacking the basket might be Smart’€™s biggest strength, so it was certainly positive to see him do so efficiently before the preseason came to an end.

Smart never saw the floor in the second half, but the damage was done. He racked up 16 points in just 15 minutes of action, adding four assists, a rebound and two steals. Perhaps most importantly, he did it on 5-for-8 shooting from the field — all three of his misses coming from downtown. Good things happen when Smart gets into the paint.

Jared Sullinger was a beast on the boards once again

Sullinger is a very good scorer, but he is a phenomenal rebounder. After ripping down 19 boards on Sunday, Sullinger grabbed 13 in the first half alone Wednesday. He finished the game with what is becoming a classic Sullinger stat line — 15 points and 17 rebounds. Sullinger did so while shooting 7-for-10 from the field in 26 minutes of action.

James Young returned from a hamstring injury

Young hurt his hamstring while warming up for the first preseason game, but kept that information to himself and ended up by playing in the game. Young posted 10 points in his debut, but then has missed each preseason contest since. He also didn’t play in a summer league game following a car crash.

The rookie wasted no time Wednesday, nailing a 3-pointer on his first possession in the game. He finished with just five points and four rebounds, but keep in mind it was just his second professional game. Young has plenty of room to grow this season.

This could be the last game without Rajon Rondo

Rondo was in uniform and warmed up with the team prior to the game. He obviously didn’€™t play, but he was shooting and dribbling with no brace on his left hand during warmups. Rondo has been working with the team during some contact drills in practice and now has a serious chance to play on opening night. His status won’t likely be known until next week, but signs are beginning to point to the Celtics kicking off the season with their star point guard after all.

Lottery change voted down

Finally, although it has nothing to do with this game, the league voted against a change in the current lottery system on Wednesday. The change would have given all of the teams in the lottery more even odds of obtaining one of the top picks. But, since it didn’€™t pass, the current system –€“ that many believe promotes tanking — will remain in place this season. With the Celtics‘ expectations similar to where they were last season, lottery percentages based on seeding could come into play as the season progresses.

The Celtics finished the preseason with a 5-3 record and will open the regular season on Oct. 29 at home, also against the Nets.

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Julian Edlow