Celtics waive three players likely headed to Maine Red Claws

The Celtics did some house cleaning today, making three inevitable roster moves in advance of their next preseason game Thursday against the Knicks.

While none of the three players waived were in serious contention for a roster spot, all three are in the mix for a spot on their D-League affiliate. Bulpett expanded more in a related blog post:

Waiving three players now just makes the final two preseason games and the days leading up to next Wednesday's regular season opener a little more manageable from a logistical standpoint. Walden is staying because there is a chance the Celts could be a little thin at point guard in practice with Isaiah Thomas dealing with a sore shin. The Celts have a more important move to make in getting down from 16 guaranteed contracts to the NBA roster maximum of 15 by Monday. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Herald Monday night he expects to have that situation resolved by Saturday.

Will Ainge be able to find a dance partner to get another asset, likely a heavily protected pick or a trade exemption, in exchange for Perry Jones? Or could a bigger trade be in the works? One things for sure: Clarke, Miller, and Randolph will not be in green and white for the season opener next Wednesday.