Celtics Waive Nate Robinson In Buyout Deal

6:43pm: The Celtics have officially waived Robinson, the team has announced.

THURSDAY, 3:40pm: Boston has placed Robinson on waivers, according to Shams Charania of RealGM, though the team has yet to make any official announcement (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 9:09am: The Celtics and trade acquisition Nate Robinson have completed a deal on a buyout that will allow the guard to hit free agency, reports Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link). Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that Boston intended to reach a buyout with Robinson soon after the swap. The guard is making nearly $2.107MM this season on an expiring contract, but it’s not immediately clear how much he’s giving up.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports suggested the Clippers as a possible suitor for Robinson should he clear waivers, noting that the Clips had spoken with the Nuggets about trading for Robinson before the Celtics traded for him. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com identified the Cavs as a potential team in the mix for Robinson, too.

Boston has reportedly been trying to clear room on its roster for a pair of expiring contracts to accommodate the team’s deal to send Austin Rivers to the Clippers. The C’s have been carrying 15 players, so dropping Robinson would open up one spot, and dealing Rivers away would allow them to take back a pair of players.

The 30-year-old Robinson, who went to the 2010 Finals with the Celtics during his first stint with the team, wouldn’t have been a strong fit with the rebuilding program that’s since taken hold in Boston. He’s averaging career lows in points and minutes per game so far, though he’s played in 33 of Denver 37 games so far and started once in place of Ty Lawson.

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