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Celtics waive Terrence Williams

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 30, 2013 Celtics News, Terrence Williams 18 Comments

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Via the Celtics:

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived guard/forward Terrence Williams.

Williams, a 6’6” guard/forward, appeared in 24 games for the Celtics during the 2012-13 season and averaged 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.3 minutes per game. He also appeared in five games for the Celtics during the playoffs and averaged 1.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.

Well, this explains why he wasn’t on the Summer League roster.

$200,000 of Williams’ nearly million dollar salary for this upcoming season would have been guaranteed if he remained on the roster beyond June 30th, so this was a purely financial move.

There was a thought for a while that Williams could become a viable back up for Rajon Rondo, but his legal troubles threw that into question.  Then, with the departure of Doc Rivers and subsequent blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, the Celtics have clearly moved into a cost-savings mode.  As I outlined yesterday, the Celtics are very likely to try to avoid paying any taxes this season, so moves like this are not surprising.

The other non-guaranteed contracts of Shavlik Randolph and DJ White will not become guaranteed until August 1, so it’s not clear if the Celtics will hold on to them for that amount of time or release them earlier so they have a chance to audition for other teams in the Orlando or Las Vegas summer leagues.  Of course, the Celtics could just hold on to one or both, thus guaranteeing their contracts.  They could each also be used in a July trade as waive-able salary-ballast to make a deal work financially, but would allow the other team to immediately waive them and save money.

The summer is only just getting under way, so there’s a lot more that will happen.

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  • Double P

    Can we waive Jordan Crawford next?

    • Don Juan

      Agreed. I’d rather have Terrence Williams on the squad than Jordan Crawford…

  • Mce

    Doc’s favorite young guy

    • wil

      lol not really, or else he wouldve gotten more minutes.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Guns, tattoos, June 30th deadline, and the Aaron Hernandez situation…this guy`s timing sucked almost as bad as he did!

  • Astarot

    He had many many problem but showed that he can do some good rhings on the floor I woudn’t waive him if I were Ainge but well as being mentioned pure financial move.

  • Lee in Oregon

    He outplayed C Lee down the stretch but this is no surprise. With Iverson heading for Europe, and Fab being a long way from ready, I would think Shavlik Randolph makes the team. If the season started today, he might be even start.

    • wil

      he was just flat out more talented than lee. we got twill late in the season, plus doc didnt really let him play at all

  • vitamin d

    And it was just his birthday a couple days ago too .. :(

  • wil

    i wish he gets signed by the spurs. he’ll fit in there.

    Twill was a good passer, great basket ball iq, great handles to weave around the pick and roll, can shoot pull up jumpers, has a great touch inside, he has the potential to be good 3 point shooter if he stayed, he couldve worked on it.

    He has the body to be a great defender, can guard 1-3. And also can rebound and run the floor. thats what he showed on the floor with limited minutes.

    To get waived just to save 200k lol i will never know why.

    • ShawnCVD

      See yesterday’s financial post. If Celts are a non paying tax team they’ll get a piece of the pie from the tax payers. So when cutting 200k can get you $5 million you do it.

      • wil

        why not dj white? or crawford? Lee? coz i dont see marshon brooks mixing chemistry wise with those two

        • ShawnCVD

          BC Crawford doesn’t have such a component in his contract to waive him.DJ White and Randolph need to be waived by Aug 1st.

          • wil

            shavlik shouldnt be waived, that guy is pretty good

          • ShawnCVD

            Sorry it’s not my opinion that Randolph NEEDS to be waived.I was saying his contract has a due date of Aug 1st…

  • Ryan Noseworthy

    I was surprised by this when the update popped up on my phone. In my opinion he was a great addition to the team. He had his little gun issue, but at least he didn’t “Hernandez” anyone….

  • Celticsfanatic

    Bad move.

  • zippittyay

    Our most effective ballhandler vs the Knicks