Celtics release Bell-Holter, Taylor

Celtics release Bell-Holter, Taylor
October 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Celtics have released forward Damen Bell-Holter and guard Kammron Taylor from their training camp roster.

The players were informed following the Celtics' victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in the preseason finale. Coach Brad Stevens spoke to each player personally before they left the locker room to offer positive feedback and well wishes.

Both will consider their options for this season, including playing for the Celtics NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. They appeared in three preseason games, clocking less than 10 minutes each.

Undrafted rookie Bell-Holter will fly back to his home state of Alaska and spend time with his infant son while he figures out the next step.

"I'm just going to go home for a couple of days, evaluate everything, and figure out what I'm going to do this year," he told CSNNE.com. "I'm going to weigh options. Apparently they want me to do D-League, and it's looking like that."

Taylor, 29, has years of international experience but had never played in the NBA. While he has not ruled out returning to Europe, he will see what options are available in the league.

"Tomorrow I'll talk to my agent, go over a few options," he said. "I know the D-League affiliate is an option. I want to go wherever I have the best opportunity to further my career and provide for my family. Whatever the best option is, then I'm going to go with it."

Bell-Holter and Taylor spoke highly of their learning experiences with the Celtics. They credited their teammates for teaching them about the NBA and how to handle themselves to succeed.

"I got a chance to see how NBA guys train," said Taylor. "I got to pick the brain of an NBA All-Star point guard (Rajon Rondo), one of the best in the game. I got to be part of a great franchise and how everything operates at an NBA level, as far as competition, travel, the lifestyle. It was a good experience."

Echoed Bell-Holter, "I'm going to keep working. I got good reviews that I was professional and showed good work ethic. I learned about being a true professional, handling everything like business, I learned a lot from the veterans and the older guys."

Training camp invitees Chris Babb and DeShawn Sims are still on the roster.