Boston Celtics Finally Waive Perry Jones III and Corey Walden


Throughout the last few days there have been several reports suggesting Danny Ainge was busy figuring out a way to trim him roster down to the mandatory 15-player mark via trade. It seemed Ainge’s best case scenario would have involved getting a draft pick or two in return for obvious odd-man-out, Perry Jones III.

Well, it doesn’t look like that will be happening, as according to the Celtics’ twitter account, the team has finally decided to waive both Perry Jones III and Corey Walden. There may have been a chance Jones III could have yielded a second-rounder through trade, albeit slim, Corey Walden, on the other hand, had zero chance of landing on an NBA team’s 15-man roster. Walden will most likely join the Maine Red-Claws alongside the recently-cut Coty Clarke, Malcolm Miller and Levi Randolph.

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Ainge technically had until the 27th to cut Jones III and Walden, but maybe for the sake of helping Jones III possibly find a team off of waivers until that date, and thus give him more time to find a team, Ainge decided to cut him today. If Ainge was in fact busy for the last several days attempting to trade him, if he was unable to move him to this point, it suggests the market just wasn’t there for Jones III.

The Celtics were granted a second-rounder in exchange for taking on Jones III, in addition to cash considerations – purely for the sake of covering for Jones III’s salary. Considering how little the Celtics acquired him for, the chance the Celtics could net anything in a Jones III transaction were slim. Jones III was stuck behind Kevin Durant on Oklahoma City’s bench during the entirety of his tenure with the Thunder.

He’ll still likely find himself on an NBA whether, even if he clears waivers, considering his height (6’11”) and ability to defend multiple positions. So don’t feel too bad for him, Celtics fans, he’s still an NBA-level player who’ll land on his feet soon enough.

So we’re down to 15 players finally and all primed to start the NBA season. But the team’s still a little too crowded with redundancies so there’ll be moves to come. They may not come for several months, however.

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