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The battle for the final Celtics roster spot continues

Danny Ainge is starting to make his move towards solidifying his full-time roster. Yesterday we got the news that 2-way player, Max Strus was to be elevated to a standard NBA contract. And then very quickly we get word that we expected - namely that Tacko Fall was going to take over Max's spot on a 2-way deal.

These moves do not mean Strus will end up on the full-time roster, but it seems solid that Tacko will remain on the two-way situation, splitting time with the Maine Red Claws and Boston Celtics. Max, however, is still in the fight for a place on the Celtics roster, but he is not alone.

Right now, I don't envision Carsen Edwards or Grant Williams not making the final roster cut. They both can contribute right away. Edward's offense is unquestioned, but he also landed at the 49th ranking in the NBA's Defensive Rankings (2 games or more) after three exhibition games.

Javonte Green? In three games, he has let-fly 10 shots, one of them from beyond the arc, and hasn't missed any of them. He is a perfect 10-for-10. And in only 8.7 minutes per game, he is averaging 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game. And he is a tough defender, so Green is in the running to stick on the full-time roster.

The 14th overall pick in the draft, Romeo Langford, may need some time in the G-League. He was hampered by a thumb injury in his only season at Indiana, and he did not participate in Summer League. He just needs some playing time, and that may initially be with the Red Claws.

I continue to be a fan of Tremont Waters. He kept his solid play in yesterday's blowout of Cleveland. He scored 11 points in 16 minutes on 5-of-9 on field goals and 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, along with two rebounds, four assists and one steal. For the three exhibition games, he is averaging 12.2 MPG, 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG and 1.3 SPG. And he can be a defensive pest for the opposition.

And then we have Brad Wanamaker. In two exhibition games, he is averaging 8.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 3.5 APG. He is set to earn $1.4 million this season, but at the age of 30, he could end up being out of the running. But he certainly is still in the mix for a roster spot this season.

The regular season begins on October 22nd, so Danny Ainge has another week to figure it all out. What do our readers think?

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  1. Tre Waters can score a bit but his defense is atrocious. Langford is a G league player this year. Javonte Green gets cut. 10 for 10 not enough lol.

    1. Green is a tough defender, though. Defense gets you on the floor with Stevens. Who knows?


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