The Celtics have spent the past few months paring down their roster to slice contracts and avoid the luxury tax and Tuesday they waived journeyman Donte Greene before he even appeared in a Boston uniform.
The forward, acquired Aug. 15 from the Memphis Grizzlies for center Fab Melo, had a nonguaranteed deal entering this season and lopping off his $1 million salary lowers the Celtics until the luxury tax threshold, considered a must by ownership for a team not expected to reach the playoffs.
The Celtics now have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster and have four players — Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter, DeShawn Sims, Kammron Taylor — headed to training camp. Greene is a former first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings who played four seasons there before being unsigned last season. He joined Memphis near the end of the season but never played a game with the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies have since waived Melo, who accepted a training camp invitation from the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics are now paying out $71.2 million in salaries, $200,000 under the luxury tax threshold.