Danny Ainge is still making some adjustments to the Celtics' roster, even as the season is winding down.
On Monday afternoon, Ainge waived Shavlik Randolph (much to the dismay of those who hoped to wear a "More Shavlik" t-shirt) and signed a familiar face -- Chris Babb, who played 14 games for the Celtics last season and has been playing for the Maine Red Claws this year.
However, Babb will not suit up for the C's just yet. He was immediately assigned back to Maine, where he will play for the Red Claws during the D-League playoffs.
Babb, 25, played 14 games with the Celtics at the end of the 2013-14 season, but was waived in the offseason in the midst of a roster crunch. He's spent the 2014-15 season with the Maine Red Claws, Boston's D-League affiliate.
The Celtics immediately assigned him to Maine after the signing, where he'll suit up for the Red Claws during the upcoming D-League playoffs.
In order to make room for Babb on the 15-man roster, the Celtics waived veteran big man Shavlik Randolph. The power forward was acquired from Phoenix in a three-team trade back in January, but was hardly used in a deep Boston frontcourt, playing in just five games this season. The return of a healthy Jared Sullinger to the lineup last week also improved Boston's depth upfront, making the 31-year old expendable.
Either Danny plans to use Babb if the Celtics make the playoffs, or he might see Babb as a potential trade chip to use in a deal this off-season. ESPN's Chris Forsberg speculated a bit about the value of this signing:
Guess here on Shav/Babb move: C’s comfy with big-man depth with Sully back. Babb nonguaranteed deal could also be trade asset over summer.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 6, 2015
other guess on Babb: deal could be for remaining value of midlevel (about $2 million), increasing value on trade market if nonguaranteed.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) April 6, 2015
Another fun fact, courtesy of play-by-play man Sean Grande: If Babb plays for the C's this year, he will be the 23rd player to do so:
If Chris Babb gets into one of the final five games, he'd be the 23rd player to play for the Celtics this year. A new franchise record.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 6, 2015
Babb has been averaging 15.4 points/5.5 rebounds/2.7 assists in 34.7 minutes per game in 45 D-League games this season. Some of his 2014-2015 highlights can be viewed in the video below.
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Danielle Hobeika 4/06/2015 11:25:00 PM Tweet Edit