January 08, 2010
The Boston Celtics chose to waive Lester Hudson(notes) rather than guarantee his contract for the rest of the season. So, as of Wednesday evening, the team has a roster spot open and it would like to fill it before the postseason gets underway, according to the Boston Globe.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge tried to trade Hudson but couldn't find a taker. "We like Lester a lot, but that is an important roster spot,'' Ainge said. "There are a lot of good players available and this gives us an opportunity to see what is out there and if they can meet our needs as we get near to the playoffs, a chance to get somebody who can help us win this year.''
Ainge points out that there are a lot of expiring contracts this year, which could help more trades happen as it gets closer to the deadline. And some, such as Marko Jaric(notes) and Rafer Alston(notes), have already been bought out so those players could move to other teams.
Any way you slice it, the Celtics will be closely monitoring who is available.
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