Danny Ainge has made countless tweaks to the Celtics roster this season, and that trend continued on Monday afternoon when the team announced the signing of small forward Chris Babb to a multi-year contract.
Babb, 25, played 14 games with the Celtics at the end of the 2013-14 season, but was waived in the offseason in the midst of a roster crunch. He’s spent the 2014-15 season with the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s D-League affiliate.
The Celtics immediately assigned him to Maine after the signing, where he’ll suit up for the Red Claws during the upcoming D-League playoffs.
In order to make room for Babb on the 15-man roster, the Celtics waived veteran big man Shavlik Randolph. The power forward was acquired from Phoenix in a three-team trade back in January, but was hardly used in a deep Boston frontcourt, playing in just five games this season. The return of a healthy Jared Sullinger to the lineup last week also improved Boston’s depth upfront, making the 31-year old expendable.
Babb could be a potential trade chip for Danny Ainge this summer as he reshapes the Celtics roster. Babb is also familiar with Brad Stevens’ system, giving the team some emergency depth as they head into a potential postseason series.