Celtics Waive Guard Rodney Purvis

The Celtics have waived guard Rodney Purvis, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets.

The move was expected, as Boston didn’t have any plans for Purvis after acquiring him from the Thunder in a trade last week.

Boston’s motivation for acquiring Purvis was to save some cash. By trading Abdel Nader to the Thunder instead of waiving him, the Celtics avoided approximately $675K in tax penalties and another $450K in salary. Purvis had a non-guaranteed $1,378,242 salary.

Purvis, who played college ball at the University of Connecticut, was acquired by OKC from the Magic just a few days earlier in exchange for forward Dakari Johnson.

Purvis, 24, joined the Magic down the stretch last season, parlaying a pair of 10-day contracts into a rest-of-season deal. The 6’4″ shooting guard posted 6.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, and 1.1 APG in 16 games (18.1 MPG).

The Celtics opened up a spot on their 20-man offseason roster by waiving Purvis. The team is currently carrying 15 players on guaranteed contracts.

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