In a rather shocking move, the Celtics waived guard Lester Hudson just before the deadline that the team had to guarantee his contract for the rest of the season, Hudson participated in the team's shootaround this morning and I talked to him about his contract and he had no idea whether his deal was guaranteed or whether he would be waived.
"I let my agent handle all of that," he said this morning.
If Hudson clears waivers, the Celtics could sign him to a 10-day contract. The Celtics brought Hudson to Miami, had him participate in shootaround only to release him in the afternoon. The NBA can be brutal at times.
This is very surprising- not only to us, but to Lester as well. Hudson seems to have a lot of potential and everyone seemed to feel that the Celtics were grooming him for a future back up PG. Most opinions were that if anyone was to be waived it would be Giddens, but I guess it was the fact that Lester's contract wasn't guaranteed that ended his time with the Celtics.
I always think that when they do something like bring a player on a road trip. Let him participate in a shoot around and give him no indication that he is going to be cut, It will come back to bite them. Red always stressed that the Celtics were loyal to their players and in all his writings, he always talked about how they talked to players ahead of time to let them know that they might be traded. If you want players to be loyal to your team, you need to let them know that the team is going to be loyal to its players.
They did Leon wrong and now it appears that they have done Lester wrong. There still remains the possibility that if Lester clears waivers they can bring him back on a 10 day contract. The next question is who they are looking at to fill Lester's spot.