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The Boston Celtics waived Jarvis Varnado and Kris Joseph yesterday as the team had to determine whether or not to guarantee their contracts for the rest of the season. Varnado wasn’t a shocking move as he had barely played since the team signed him a few weeks ago. The Joseph decision was more of the head scratcher as the team was high on him when they drafted him in the second round of last summer’s NBA Draft. Joseph had been traveling back and forth from Boston to the Developmental League Maine Red Claws this season. He was never expected to have a role for this season but it appeared that he could have possibly been a bench player for the team in future seasons. He does not do any one thing particular well, but certainly seems capable of playing 5-10 minutes a game as an extra forward.
The Celtics obviously felt that it would be in the club’s best interest to part ways with both players, especially to get under the luxury tax for the rest of this season. Varnado is another interesting story as it appeared the team thought it might be able to duplicate what it did last season when they picked up current Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma off of free agency from the D-League. Varnado is an athletic big man who can block some shots and provides toughness along the interior. The Celtics obviously felt that he was not ready to contribute and waived him before his contract became official.
The Celtics made two fairly low key roster moves yesterday as they opened up some roster spots for possible moves in the future.