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Celtics waiving Guerschon Yabusele highlights misses of 2016 NBA Draft

Celtics waiving Guerschon Yabusele highlights misses of 2016 NBA Draft

The Guerschon Yabusele era in Boston is over.

The Celtics have waived Yabusele, opening up a spot on the 15-man roster and putting an end to a disappointing career in Boston.

Yabusele was selected by the C's with the No. 16 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was one of three first-round picks made by the Celtics in that draft -- the other two were Jaylen Brown (No. 3) and Ante Zizic (No. 23).

Yabusele did not play in 2016-17 and made his Celtics debut during the 2017-18 campaign. In two seasons with the Celtics, the French forward averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 74 career games. He did not make any sort of positive on-court impact.

The Celtics have hit on several draft picks over the last few years, but Yabusele probably is their most embarrassing miss in a while.

Here are the players the Celtics missed out on by taking Yabusele at No. 16 in the 2016 draft. 

No. 21: Caris LeVert, SG, Brooklyn Nets
No. 27: Pascal Siakam, PF, Toronto Raptors
No. 29: Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, San Antonio Spurs
No. 32: Ivica Zubac, C, Los Angeles Lakers
No. 36: Malcolm Brogdon, PG/SG, Milwaukee Bucks
Undrafted: Fred VanVleet, PG, Toronto Raptors

There are some pretty good players listed above. And let's not forget Zizic was included in the Kyrie Irving trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers in August of 2017. So, only Brown remains from the Celtics' 2016 draft.

What will the Celtics do with their open roster spot after parting with Yabusele? One potential option is 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall signing a two-way contract with the team after an impressive NBA Summer League performance in Las Vegas. Fall has become a fan favorite and could be an intriguing option for the Celtics as they build their frontcourt ahead of the 2019-20 season.

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Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

Celtics 'City Edition' uniforms: First look, debut date for new threads

The Boston Celtics are getting a makeover ... for a few select games, anyway.

The Celtics unveiled their new "City Edition" uniforms Thursday on social media, adding that Boston will debut the green-and-gold threads at next Wednesday's home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Here's a look:

C's big man Enes Kanter seemingly leaked the team's "City Edition" uniform back in October, but these photos show the jersey with a richer green color along with the Irish-themed font.

The Celtics also put out a "hype video" of sorts to show the "City Edition" uniform in action.

All 30 NBA teams will wear their own "City Edition" jerseys in multiple games during the 2019-20 the season. The Celtics picked a great date to debut theirs, as next Wednesday is Kyrie Irving's first trip back to Boston since leaving the C's in the summer.

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Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving deserves Celtics tribute video, shouldn't be booed

Kyrie Irving is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of many Boston Celtics fans. But his former boss continues to be diplomatic.

The Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden next Wednesday in what will be Irving's first game back in Boston (assuming he shows up) since his acrimonious departure last summer.

Most star players would receive a tribute video from their former team in this situation, but it's a trickier situation with Irving considering the bridges he reportedly burned in Boston.

During an interview Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," though, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he'd be perfectly fine with TD Garden giving Irving a tribute video.

"Sure. Why not?" Ainge said.

Ainge clarified it's not his call to decide whether Irving gets a tribute video, then insisted Celtics fans are too harsh on the All-Star point guard.

"It was a very good situation with Kyrie," Ainge said. "Kyrie was in a good place, and things were looking good for a year and a half and they went sour.

"... He gets blamed for a lot of the sour of last year, and I just think it's much, much bigger than that. So, I don't have any grudges against Kyrie. I'm grateful that he gave us a chance and it didn't work out. It wasn't his fault things didn't work out. It was a lot of people's fault, including my own."

Irving likely will be booed heartily in Boston, where C's fans haven't forgotten him reneging on a preseason promise to sign with the Celtics long-term before bolting to play with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.

But Ainge said he's not on board with such a reaction.

"I think that's a sad commentary," Ainge said. "But I understand it just because I know there's been a lot of negative attention."

"I understand all that. I just think it's a bad conclusion to come to. It's not really fair."

Ainge won't make Celtics fans very happy by defending one of their biggest villains, but he's been consistent in taking the high road on Irving's Boston exit.

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