|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM|
I think we knew these guys wouldn't make the team. A guy that I would secretly like to see is Baab. I know he had the one game, but at the same time he hasn't those kind of minutes since.
The Boston Celtics moved closer to finalizing their regular-season roster after Wednesday's game as training camp invites Damen Bell-Holter, DeShawn Sims, and Kammron Taylor are no longer with the team.
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."
Babb, who appeared in five preseason games (tops among the invites), provides an extra body at the swingman spots as Boston navigates these final days of the preseason. With Gerald Wallace sitting out practice after receiving a cortisone shot in his left ankle, Babb can help fill reps before the team breaks for the weekend.
His fate after that?
"We’ll get into that over the weekend and figure that out, but I think at the end of the day, all those guys did a great job while they were here and Babb continues to do a great job for us," said Stevens.
The Celtics have 14 guaranteed contracts for a total value of approximately $71.2 million. The luxury tax line is $71.75 million, which would seemingly give the team a tiny bit of room if it desired to carry a rookie like Babb on a minimum deal to start the season.