Steve Bulpett is reporting in the Herald that the Celtics have cut Jackie Manuel and Dahntay Jones. Both had been signed to non-guaranteed contracts. It was expected that Manuel would be cut to get the roster down to 15 players but there was some discussion as to whether any further cuts would be made beyond that.
Doc Rivers had said he might wait until after the exhibition games were complete, but he noted yesterday that upon second thought he decided not to wait.
The club is keeping the roster spot available for an in-season trade or for a player released in the next week who might be of interest — particularly a big man.
The release of Manuel and Jones means that rookie Brandon Wallace has made the club as an undrafted free agent. This was pretty much anticipated, as Rivers and staff are big on the forward’s potential.
Wallace has the biggest upside of the 3 players who were on the bubble and will probably see time in the D League this season since playing time may not be too plentiful, unless injuries hit the team. However, he has potential to be a rotation player in the future. [Discuss this topic on the Celtics Green Forums!]