As expected after they completed the Austin Rivers trade, the Boston Celtics have officially waived Chris Douglas-Roberts, according to GM Danny Ainge.
The Celtics acquired Douglas-Roberts from the Clippers this week in the three-team deal that sent Rivers to Los Angeles. Boston also received Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix. It continues the trend of Boston unloading players they received in trades. They’ve already flipped Brandan Write (acquired in the Rajon Rondo trade) to Phoenix and Jameer Nelson to Denver for Nate Robinson, whom they promptly waived. The Celtics received Tayshaun Prince in the Jeff Green trade, and it’s expected that he’ll either be traded or bought out.
Douglas-Roberts could be a useful piece for a team that needs help at the wing. He’s signed only for the minimum, so he can be claimed on waivers by any team.
The Clippers did a lot of shuffling recently to acquire a backup point guard whose ability to truly help the team this season is questionable, at best.
What they really need, and have all season, is help at the wing position.
L.A.’s latest proposed move is intended to finally address that.
From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:
As Tayshaun Prince prepares to meet with Celtics to discuss future, the Clippers have registered interest in acquiring him, source says.
If Prince doesn’t want to stay in Boston, the Celtics would pursue trade avenues before agreeing to buyout, source said.
A buyout, however, is the preferred method of acquiring Prince for the asset-strapped Clippers.
It’s difficult to see why Prince, now in his 13th NBA season, would have any interest in staying in Boston, where a full-fledged rebuild is in the middle of taking place. A buyout makes more sense, especially if the Clippers are the preferred destination since they have little to offer in the way of assets after giving most of the low-level ones away in the deal that netted them Austin Rivers.
Prince came to Boston as part of the trade that sent Jeff Green to Memphis, and is a three-and-D guy at this stage of his career that could provide at least a little bit of help to a Clippers team with zero depth at his position.
Prince is averaging a carer-best 45.5 percent from three-point distance this season, while playing 24.2 minutes per contest with the Grizzlies before he was dealt.
When the Thunder engaged in a three-team trade with the Knicks and the Cavaliers that netted them Dion Waiters, the rumors began to swirl that Reggie Jackson was on his way out.
Jackson has not only expressed a desire to have a starter’s role in the league, but stands to command a high dollar amount as a restricted free agent this summer. And just as the Thunder did with James Harden and Jeff Green before, it’s unclear if they’re willing to pay what it will cost to keep a reserve player of Jackson’s caliber around.
With Waiters acting as Jackson insurance to a certain extent, the team wants him to feel as welcome as possible. That may be one reason why Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook requested that Waiters’ locker was moved closer to theirs — and away from Jackson’s.
From Royce Young of ESPN.com:
Dion Waiters’ locker has been moved, per the request of Durant and Westbrook. They wanted him closer to them to help him get integrated.
Waiters’ locker previously was on the opposite side of the locker room, next to Reggie Jackson. (Lance Thomas’ old spot.)
That last quote was from Durant, discussing the situation.
This doesn’t mean anything, really, other than Durant wanting to help a young new teammate who previously struggled to build locker room relationships. But the writing may be on the wall where Jackson is concerned, when the team’s stars embrace the new guy more than they may have done with someone already in place in Jackson who may, one way or another, be on his way out.
Clearly an almost 35-year-old wing with diminishing skills was not going to be part of the Celtics rebuilding future. And a guy like that wants to play for rings anyway.
So when Boston traded for Tayshaun Prince as part of the Jeff Green deal with Memphis, you had to know a buyout was likely. The only details to be worked out is how much of his $7.2 million he would offer as a discount to get out of the contract.
There seems to be some common ground to get the deal done, reports Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
What will be interesting is to see what teams come calling if/when Prince is a free agent. The Clippers are looking for wing players and depth, they seem a likely candidate, but other teams may pick up the phone as well.
Prince isn’t the player he once was but he brings some skills, for example his length and IQ means he’s still a decent defender. On offense he has the bad habit of settling for the long two (31.1 percent of his shots this season were from 16 feet out to the arc) so teams help off him, but he can hit the three and in a limited role he will not hurt on that end.
Still, he will land somewhere on a winning team.
Approaching his 35th birthday next month and after 12 NBA seasons, Tayshaun Prince isn’t really the guy to have as part of a long-term rebuilding project.
However, as of Monday Prince is now part of the rebuilding Celtics, he was moved there in the three-team Jeff Green trade.
Which leads to the question, what do the Celtics do with him? Prince knows how the business works so he will report to Boston, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.
The question is now long he will stay. It is possible that Prince and Boston could part ways quickly, reports Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Basically, if Prince is willing to take enough of a discount in the buyout of his $7.2 million deal the Celtics will set him free.
Should that happen there will be suitors for Prince, although teams are not going to offer more than the league minimum. The Clippers quickly come to mind as a team looking for depth at the small forward spot.
Prince’s skills are certainly in decline but because of his length and IQ he’s still a decent defender. Offensively he was the guy teams helped off of against Memphis because he shot just 41 percent (although he shot a much improved 45.5 percent from three this season) and his bad habit of settling for the long two (31.1 percent of his shots this season were from 16 feet out to the arc). Still, he put up 7.3 points a game with a PER of 10.6, which some team might think is good enough for 15 minutes a night.