Celtics Waive Phil Pressey

Something had to give on the Celtics overloaded roster, and today Boston began the process of letting some players go. Point guard Phil Pressey has a chance to catch on with another team, but with the talent Boston has at guard, he really had no shot to make the final roster.

Phil Pressey showed some promise and had some good moments in Celtics green, but Boston is looking to upgrade the overall talent of their roster and Pressey was the odd man out in the guard group. Pressey, who is 5'11, 175 pounds, played for the Celtics for two seasons. In 2013-14, he appeared in 75 games and started 11, averaging 15.1 minutes, 2.8 points, 3.2 assists, 1.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 1.2 turnovers per game.

Although he didn't get a ton of minutes, he was one of the best pure point guards on the roster, which showed with his impressive assist numbers in short minutes. Last season, Pressey appeared in 50 games and averaged 12 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.3 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, and 0.8 turnovers per game, which was an improvement from 2013-14.

Pressey was well-liked by the Boston coaching staff and front office, and many thought he'd be part of the David Lee trade, but waiving him now and not allowing him to play in summer league allows him to choose where he goes and he remained healthy. With the relationship forged between Pressey and Boston, don't be surprised if he returns at some point in his career.

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