Celtics waive former first-round pick Perry Jones III

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The Celtics traded for former first-round pick Perry Jones, III from the Thunder this summer, but it was always going to be a longshot for him to make the roster. The Celtics had too many forwards and too many guaranteed contracts for it to be a realistic possibility unless he blew them away in training camp. The team officially announced they were waiving him on Saturday afternoon:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward Perry Jones III and guard Corey Walden.

Jones, a 6’11” forward, was originally acquired by the Celtics on July 14, 2015 and averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in five appearances with the team.

Walden, a 6’2” guard was originally signed by the Celtics on September 25, 2015 and averaged .5 points, 1.5 rebounds and .8 assists in 6.9 minutes per game in four contests with the team.

The Celtics roster now stands at 15.

Jones was once viewed as a lottery talent, but questions about his knees scared teams off in the 2012 draft, along with concerns about his attitude, and he fell all the way to Oklahoma City at No. 28. He was never able to consistently earn a spot in the rotation in three years with the Thunder.