It looks like the fight for 15 is finally over. The Boston Celtics have cut their roster down to 15 players with the season coming in just less than a week. The Celtics have cut Damen Bell-Holter, Kammron Taylor and DeShawn Sims.
None were particularly productive in the preseason. According to ESPN’s Chris Foresberg, each player in the trio has a shot to make the Celtics’ D-League affiliate roster, the Maine Red Claws.
While Boston hadn’t announced the roster cuts before Thursday’s practice, the trio will effectively be waived soon with the possibility that each could land with the team’s D-League affiliate in Maine as affiliated players. Sims, who had sat out recent games with a left knee injury, departed the team this week to attend the funeral of a friend (Bell-Holter and Taylor learned their fates after Wednesday’s game).
Boston’s roster is currently at the regular-season maximum of 15.
“Kam and Damon are no longer with us; Everything else is status quo for now,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before explaining Sims’ departure. “Among the free agents invited to camp, [Chris] Babb is still obviously here.”
Chris Babb is the only invitee left from training camp on the Celtics’ roster. Babb played the most out of any of the invited players and produced the most in a limited role. Him being left on the roster, for now, is no surprise.
But there is still a preseason game left to be played. We’ll see how long the Celtics choose to keep Babb around. They could afford to if they wanted to. His salary isn’t yet guaranteed and they are right on the 15 man limit for NBA rosters.
Just don’t be surprised if the Celtics make any more moves in the near future. They may try to land a trade or another small deal with a player who is released by another team around the league.