Celtics Release Ryan Gomes

January 7 at 10:25am CDT By Luke Adams

The Celtics have waived Ryan Gomes, the team announced today in a press release. Gomes had been a member of the Thunder this season, and was moved to Boston as salary filler in today’s three-team trade that saw the Grizzlies land Courtney Lee. Because Gomes’ contract was non-guaranteed, the C’s won’t be on the hook for his full-season salary.

Gomes, 31, only appeared in five games for the Thunder this season, playing a total of 34 minutes. After signing a minimum-salary contract in the offseason, the veteran forward saw his first NBA regular-season action since playing for the Clippers in 2011/12.

The Thunder’s decision to trade Gomes to the Celtics is cap-related. While Gomes’ full-season salary won’t be on Boston’s books, the salary he earned until now will still apply to the Celtics’ cap. Oklahoma City sent cash considerations to the C’s in the deal, making it worthwhile for Boston to assume Gomes’ modest cap hit, while the Thunder free up a little cap space to take on salary in a later deal, if they so choose.

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