The Boston Celtics reportedly trimmed their training camp roster in order to bring in veteran forward Blake Griffin, 33, in free agency, firing 28-year-old guard Denzel Valentine to make room for the veteran.
Valentine was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft. He played for the Bulls for 4 seasons, averaging only 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.8 per game. He also made 41.7 percent of his field goals and 38.6 percent of his three-pointers. During 4 seasons he was also sent to the affiliated Windy City Bulls to play in the Development League.
Until last year, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, but did not get more playing opportunities, played only 22 regular-season games last season, after the team was fired. Valentine signed a 10-day short-term contract with the Utah Jazz in the same season, but was fired before the contract expired, representing only 2 games.
Then he signed a contract with the Maine Celtics, an affiliate of the Celtics, to play in the Development League, averaging 14.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
In the offseason, Valentine finally got a chance to play for the Celtics. He and 6 other players got training camp contracts and is expected to represent the Celtics in the NBA2022 in the fall training camp and preseason games. The roster for the 2023 season.
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— The Celtics Wire (@TheCelticsWire) September 30, 2022
However, the current frontcourt rotation has veteran and defensive star Robert Williams injured, while the backcourt rotation is crowded. And now the team’s roster in the offseason has reached the limit of 20 players, so the Celtics need to make room to fill the vacancy left by the injury of the frontcourt players, and finally the Celtics decided to fire 6 players One of the players invited to training camp, Valentine, cut the lineup.
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