With a crowded roster situation and rebuilding looming for the Boston Celtics next season, Danny Ainge made another move today, releasing guard/forward Terrence Williams. Here’s the full team statement:
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.
So why exactly was Williams, one of the few bench contributors to the team’s postseason this year that was signed for merely the league minimum next year let go now?
Well, first and foremost, Williams was arrested on gun charges just last month. He will have his day in court and it’s unclear whether the charges will stick, but it’s definitely a large issue surrounding any player struggling to make an NBA roster.
That fact, combined with the clause in Williams’ contract that had guaranteed him 200,000 dollars for next season if he was kept on the roster past June 30th, made the appeal of keeping Williams for the time being unnecessary. The Celtics are balancing a number of different options with their roster right now heading into free agency, so guaranteeing money to a player with some legal troubles when they could use some additional salary flexibility likely led to Williams’ departure.
Will he no longer play in Boston? It’s too early to say at this point. If he gets his legal issues figured out, I could see the team bringing him back, as it’s clear they like his skills on the floor. For now though, the C’s get to keep an extra 200,000 dollars and wait to see how things shake out for both Terrence…and the rest of their roster with the start of free agency looming.