Keith Bogans wasn’t the only member of the Celtics roster that was let go on Thursday evening.
After completing the Bogans trade with Cleveland, the team announced that they have waived shooting guard Chris Johnson and small forward Chris Babb just five days before the start of the team’s training camp.
Both players signed with Boston in the middle of last season and had non-guaranteed contracts for this year. Johnson averaged 6.3 points per game over 40 contests. Babb suited up for just 14 games after playing for the majority of the season with the Maine Red Claws.
Johnson and Babb are victims of the Celtics’ roster crunch that still needs to be sorted out. The team still has 21 players under contract after acquiring John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Dwight Powell and Malcolm Thomas from the Cavaliers. Boston needs to reduce its roster to 20 players by the start of training camp on Tuesday, while also officially signing free agent swingman Evan Turner to the roster.
Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald is reporting that the team plans on waiving Thomas and Lucas but that Powell (who has a guaranteed contract) and Murphy will both be in camp with the team.
Even with those cuts, the team will need to trim their roster to 15 players by the start of the season in late October. With 16 guaranteed contracts in the fold, expect more moves from Danny Ainge in the coming weeks.