C's release Williams for cap, roster flexibility

C's release Williams for cap, roster flexibility
June 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON — The Celtics, in an effort to create salary cap and roster flexibility, have waived 6-foot-6 guard/forward Terrence Williams on Sunday.

While the move doesn't save them a ton of money -- Williams would have made less than $1 million this season -- it does give the Celtics one more roster spot to toy with in what is sure to be an active summer.

Williams had worked his way into a steady role near the end of the playoffs, but an arrest in May put Williams' future with the Celtics on very shaky ground.

As of Friday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told CSNNE.com that a decision on Williams' future had not been decided.

Ainge will be in a similar situation in the next couple of months when options come up for D.J. White and Shavlik Randolph, whose contracts for the 2013-2014 season become fully guaranteed if they are not waived prior to August 1.

Williams had spent time in Boston this summer, something he planned to do prior to the arrest.

"Before I was put in handcuffs, I was on my way to the airport to come here, to do everything you see I am doing now," said Williams, speaking to the media after a workout at the C's practice facility last month. "I'm finally here."

Williams arrived in Boston in February after a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association.

He had his ups and downs as a Celtic, but seemed to have found his way during the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks.

"I'm fortunate to be here, to work out, to be able to come to the facility and be on the team as of now," Williams said at that time.

But that time is a thing of the past as the Celtics forge ahead with their plans to rebuild the roster -- a roster that won't include Williams.