It has finally happened. This morning, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports broke the news that the Boston Celtics will be waiving, former 16th pick in the draft, Guerschon Yabusele.
Throughout the week, it felt like Yabu’s time with the Celtics was finally coming to an end. Yabusele was added to this year’s Celtics Summer League roster, where it seemed like this Summer League circuit would be a tryout for Guerschon. That tryout, unfortunately, went horribly. Over a span of 2 games, Guerschon Yabusele averaged only 2ppg, 3rpg, and 1.5apg on 14.3% shooting from the field and 0.0% shooting from 3. Just an atrocious stat-line for someone who is playing in their 3rd Summer League in 4 years. And to top that off his Celtics career ended when he jammed his pinky and missed out on the Celtics most recent game against the Nuggets. There’s no doubt the Dancing Bear would’ve liked to see his time in Boston take a different course. Yabu was always smiling, always happy, he was a great teammate, and always played with great energy on the floor, however the results speak for themselves. There was never a point in Yabu’s Celtics career where he cracked the rotation or even played truly meaningful minutes. He spent most of his time on the bench, traveling from Portland to Boston, and unfortunately never developed into what we all thought he might one day become. It’s sad to see Yabu’s Celtics career end the way it did, but maybe in the long run it will be best for both sides.
The aftermath of Guerschon Yabusele being waived by the Celtics should be interesting. Boston now has the roster flexibility to go out and add another piece, if they chose, that they didn’t have before. And according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Danny Ainge will likely add 2 more players to the normal roster, putting the roster at 16, so that the team can get a look at as many players as possible. The Celtics have been in this position many times and the options are always interesting to say the least. I’d expect some speculation in the coming weeks, but as always, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
By: Seamus Zarlingo