Celtics lose Gerald Wallace for rest of season

Gerald Wallace’s performance against Atlanta on Wednesday turned into his final game of the season.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Gerald Wallace’s performance against Atlanta Wednesday turned into his final game of the season.

WALTHAM — There was a time when the Celtics roster was loaded with players, when depth wasn’t an issue for coach Brad Stevens.

Those days are long gone, and after an eventful Friday at the team’s practice facility, Stevens said that veteran forward Gerald Wallace has a torn meniscus and bone spurs in his ankle and is out for the season.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge confirmed that Wallace is out and will need surgery. He has two more years on his contract.


Stevens also said Vitor Faverani got a second opinion on his sore left knee and that he also may need surgery, although Ainge said it was premature to assume the burly center will miss the rest of the season.

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“Listen, a lot of teams go through injury and we’re going through our share right now and that’s just part of it,” Ainge said. “It’s been very refreshing to have Gerald. He brings great energy to the game and great passion and intensity that I think our players and our fans feel. He will be missed.”

Meanwhile, Stevens added that Kelly Olynyk (sprained left big toe) is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Indiana but may return Wednesday against the Warriors. Avery Bradley (sprained right ankle) will be re-examined next week. Jared Sullinger (concussion) was expected to practice Friday and could play Saturday against Indiana.

The Celtics added guard Chris Babb from their Maine affiliate in the NBADL via a 10-day contract for depth.

The roster is full at 15 players, including the absent Keith Bogans. Ainge said the team has no intentions of buying out Bogans, who has two nonguaranteed years on his contract, which could be used as a trade chip this summer. So the Celtics will go with 14.


“We’re concerned to have a shorter number of guys than we usually do for players, developing of our players,” Ainge said. “For right now, we’re hurting, but I see those guys [Olynyk, Sullinger, Bradley] coming back in a short window anyway.”