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Celtics to pick up young players’ options

Center Kelly Olynyk deposits an easy 2 points against the Nets in the Celtics’ final preseason game Wednesday night.Elise Amendola/Associated Press

The Celtics plan to pick up options on Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, vice president Danny Ainge said before the Celtics’ 100-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Ainge said the Celtics are still hoping to make a move with guard Will Bynum, acquired from Detroit in a trade for Joel Anthony last week. Bynum arrived in Boston to undergo a physical examination Monday.

Tim Frazier was expected to be waived after the game, leaving the Celtics with 16 guaranteed contracts, including Bynum.

Faverani update

Center Vitor Faverani, recovering from knee surgery, will remain in Spain until next Wednesday or Thursday.


“We’re planning on bringing him back Wednesday or Thursday,” Ainge said. “He won’t be ready for the opener. My guess is he will be ready to play sometime between the middle of November and the first of December.”

Young back in action

James Young made his first appearance of the preseason since the Oct. 6 opener. Ainge has been impressed with the Celtics’ newcomers’ ability to learn the team’s schemes. Young, 19, has been especially advanced in grasping the defensive and offensive concepts, despite missing practice time with a hamstring injury, Ainge said.

“It’s a credit to the coaches, too, but it’s a credit to those kids,” Ainge said.

Young confidently stepped into a 3-pointer with his first shot attempt early in the second quarter. But Young struggled to get into a rhythm and was unable to get any fast-break opportunities until the closing seconds, when he had a dunk attempt blocked.

“I thought he was pretty good,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Young. “They ran some actions at him often in the third and fourth quarter, that they were definitely ‘welcoming to the NBA’ on some of those screens and curls, and different actions. And he did a pretty good job at times and there were other times where he can improve. All in all I’d say it was a positive game for him. And he’s only played in two games but I think both of them were positive.”


Still a hot Ticket

Nets coach Lionel Hollins on Kevin Garnett: “He’s a very passionate person, a very passionate player, he’s a warrior. He’s very intelligent. He brings it every day. At this stage of his career after 19 years, this his 20th year, he still brings it every day. That’s a pleasant surprise.”

Garnett and starting guard Deron Williams did not make the trip for the Nets.

On target

Jared Sullinger had 15 points and 17 rebounds and has grabbed 36 rebounds in his last 53 minutes of playing time.

Sullinger also led the Celtics in 3-point shooting accuracy (50.0 percent) during the preseason.

“I’ve got to thank the ball movement, the way we play together,” Sullinger said. “I’m getting wide-open shots out there. I’ve got time to catch it, spin it, take two steps, if I want to — and shoot the ball, we move the ball so well.

“The way we move the ball is tremendous. When we move the ball we get great shots. Nine times out of 10 with the shooters we’ve got, we get open shots with guys like that, they’re going to go down.”

Taking it easy

Gerald Wallace totaled 12 points and five assists but is still recovering from a knee injury, and passed up a chance for a couple of dunks off fast breaks. “I thought about it but I don’t have the confidence in my knee to try to explode like that off it,” Wallace said. “I was more concentrated on just making the layup. “I think we played hard, our chemistry was pretty good, we executed our offense at some point throughout the game perfect. So we understand what we need to do to get better as a team.’’ . . . Rajon Rondo remains a possibility to return for the season opener against the Nets next Wednesday. Meanwhile, Evan Turner has been taking point guard lessons from Rondo. “It’s cool, one thing it’s an uphill battle just getting used to that situation,” Turner said. “Hearing Rondo talking about it, he’s already got like 100 options in his head, and stuff like that. So, kind of getting into it like that sometimes — you have to think quicker than everybody sometimes and get used to calling the right plays and going along with it.’’