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Celtics Waive Terrence Williams

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.

Stay tuned.


  • hydrofluoric


    Let's get this godawful summer of Boston sports over with.

  • wabi47

    one of the few guys on this team with some upside, but it is the right move for now…..sigh

  • hax

    After Hernandez, the Celtics don't want any players who even know what a gun is. And I don't blame them. I'll never forget that 4 point player performance when T-Will was the only Celtic that could get the ball past half court without losing it.

  • hax



    I think if he was a more well established player he would have stuck around on the team, but a temp. player with already gun troubles — I don't think Celtics need anymore press with Doc, KG, Pierce, Terry leaving. The AH news is a nail to the coffin. I liked his game though and for less than a million, you really can't do better. It's too bad.

  • BeanMan

    Where there is smoke, there is usually (but not always) fire.

    He will have his day in court, but after the Hernandez fiasco the Celtics cannot afford to take any risks on a matter like this…

  • dasein


  • Paceman

    It would be nice at this time of year to be wondering if we’ll repeat or not next year as opposed to all this upheaval and turmoil we’re going through. But it sure is intruiging.

  • ghoulbuns

    Ainge is a fool…i feel bad for Boston and the shitty decade theyre about to experience.

    • Vincent

      What would you do differently? Keep the same guys together who finished .500 and lost in the first round? Or trade Pierce and KG for LeBron and Bosh? We await your brilliance.

  • elroz

    I don't know… they should trade Crawford who will make $2 mill or more….. T. WIlliams will make less than $1 mil and play better D and handle-pass the ball – for half the money at least.

    • Derron

      As to why T-Will was waived and not Crawford puzzles me greatly.

  • hax

    Crawford can score 20 PPG easily with the current roster, he just needs to be coached to play smarter.
    Reports say Rondo not on the market. So we aren't completely tanking?

    • JStokes1313

      "We are not actively trying to trade rondo. But we always are willing to take calls on any of our players."


  • Kafel

    On which player C's could use amnesty? If Houston lands Howard then we should go after Asik maybe?

    • dasein

      Not sure that the Celtics can amnesty anyone anymore. Wells there's Rondo, but that's not happening. Maybeee Bass, but I think he got a new contract after the CBA…not sure.

      In any case, Asik is under contract, not a FA. You'd need to find something the Rockets want in return.

  • fabzzz

    Hello Celtics Hub?No more posts? I am bored, help me get through summer, please! Thank you!

  • fabzzz

    In other news, hearing Pistons are most interested in Rondo. Which makes sense – they hope to entice Josh Smith to sign there. They already have Drummond, Brandon Knight: it would an exciting team.

    But I just don't know if Greg Monroe and draft picks are worth it – maybe if we could somehow dump Wallace; only then would I consider it.

    • JStokes1313

      If they're trying to get Smith, they almost have to lose Monroe, or their spacing is going to be atrocious. Monroe and picks for Rondo would be pretty decent – you get a nice piece in return while not significantly damaging your draft standing – but Monroe only makes 3.5 or something like that, so if anyone would be taking back contracts, it'd be us. Not that intriguing.

  • fabzzz

    Yeah that's a good point. Contracts would work if they threw in Stuckey, which works for them since they drafted Pope and would have Rondo. But then the deal might be slightly unrealistic, unless we gave them the right to swap picks with us or something, which then makes it not worth it for us. Honestly, I just don't see any good destinations for Rondo that would work for the Celtics. And besides that point, I like Rondo as the first building block – not the superstar mind you, but the guy that can be paired with great athletes and make them into even better basketball players, a la Denver Nuggets with greater heights than a first round exit.

    • Anthony

      All hypotheticals here but would anyone trade Rondo and Wallace for Monroe, Stuckey, Villanueva and a 1st rounder?

      Before anyone go crazy on me, all 3 Pistons' contracts expire after the year and Celts would rid themselves of Wallace's awful contract. From the games I've watched Monroe play, he's definitely very good player. I would rather have him than Big Al any day. Monroe, Bass, JGreen is a pretty decent front line IMO. And we would still have defense (AB, CLee)/ offense (Crawford, Marshon) back court.

      • hydrofluoric

        This comment was depressing in so many ways.

  • I think this is a logical decision. Though Celtics fans may hate them for this.