Mickey played two seasons for the C's, averaging 1.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks in 4.8 minutes per game over the course of his Boston career. He started one game in place of Amir Johnson this past season but otherwise was buried deep in the depth chart.
Drafted 33rd by Danny Ainge in 2015, Mickey was handed the largest contract ever for a second-round-pick at the time.
Waiving Mickey makes room for Guerschon Yabusele on the Celtics roster.
My colleagues here at CelticsLife have heard me joke about #Mickey4MVP, but the 23-year-old has a place in my heart, maybe not legitimately as an MVP candidate, but still a place, as he does with many Boston fans. He's been a raw player who for some reason or another has captivated many of us.
Though his career with Boston will end similarly to the frustrating James Young's, I think we can all agree that we want him to succeed in the NBA. As Boston Globe writer Adam Himmelsbach says, Mickey staying out of the summer league roster will make it harder to be seen, but maybe some team with less depth in their front court will take a gamble on the big-guy, willing to give him a shot.
He dominated in the D-league, but just didn't get the minutes to show off what he could do in the NBA. Whether he could perform the same way up in the bigs remains to be seen, but it's something I'm hopeful to see some day.
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