Celtics forgo Ryan Arcidiacono, Juwan Morgan, shrinking roster ahead of final cup
The Boston Celtics will begin the process of reducing their roster to 15 this weekend, a league source confirmed. MassLive.com that Ryan Arcidiacono and Juwan Morgan will be waived. Athletic were the first to report that both players would be canceled.
Ime Udoka said the decision was not yet official until Friday’s final preseason game before the Miami Heat.
“Nothing official yet,” Udoka said. “We are talking about some things and we will find out in the next few days. We have to start cutting back, obviously, in the next few days. We are talking about this, but nothing official.
A league source also told MassLive that the team is hoping both players will join the Maine Celtics if they are not claimed on waivers over the weekend.
Arcidiacono, 27, is a hybrid guard who was not drafted in 2016 after a remarkable college career at Villanova. He has been a key rotating player for the Chcicago Bulls over the past four seasons, appearing in 207 games, including 36 starts. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 assists per game during his professional career over 17.6 minutes per game while shooting 37.3% from 3 points, but struggled during his two preseason appearances for Boston.
Morgan, 24, was out for much of training camp with a leg injury and only appeared briefly in a preseason game against the Magic. The 6-foot-7 forward has played 50 games for the Utah Jazz over the past two seasons, mostly as a defensive specialist. Overall, he averaged just 1.5 PPG and 1.1 RPG over just 5.6 minutes per contest. He shot 51% from the field but is not a reliable threat from the perimeter.
With Boston’s current 18-man roster, the team will need to make at least three more cups before the regular season begins. League sources tell MassLive that Boston may also sign additional players for the Exhibit 10 deals ahead of Monday’s lift deadline to secure their G-League rights for the Maine Celtics. Look for Luke Kornet to be a player signed in this way.
Otherwise, the Boston Brass will have to make a decision on final places among the remaining contenders this weekend, including Garrison Mathews, Theo Pinson and Jabari Parker.
“I mentioned shooting is everything, but more than anything, the fit that can play well with some of the starters,” Udoka said of the final roster. “You have seen different formations throughout the preseason. We try to mix and match the formations. Not just our young guys, but some of the veterans as well. the fit more than anything, but we watch Garrison, Sam and these guys and the shot they bring, it’s a value, obviously. So they had a lot of points in the last game against Orlando and we’ll see if they get any tonight and see if they can play with the starters.