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NBA Rumors: Celtics to waive Guerschon Yabusele, opening roster spot

NBA Rumors: Celtics to waive Guerschon Yabusele, opening roster spot

Guerschon Yabusele is the odd man out on the Boston Celtics' overhauled roster.

The Celtics have waived the 23-year-old forward.

Boston selected Yabusele at No. 16 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, but the French big man never was able to take the next step. After spending the 2016-17 season overseas, he averaged just 7.1 minutes per game in 2017-18 and 6.1 minutes per game last season.

Yabusele had been struggling at this year's NBA Summer League and also was dealing with a dislocated finger.

Yabusele's pending departure could open the door for big man Tacko Fall, who's currently on an Exhibit 10 contract with Boston but could earn a two-way deal with the C's if Tremont Waters or Max Strus replace Yabusele on the active roster.

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Celtics trade targets: Who could C's pursue at 2020 NBA trade deadline?

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Celtics trade targets: Who could C's pursue at 2020 NBA trade deadline?

Should the Boston Celtics make an upgrade ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline? Here are seven players who could be moved and may be worth a look from the C's.

NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

NBA Rumors: 'No traction' on Andre Drummond trade as deadline nears

If the Detroit Pistons really want to trade Andre Drummond, they'll need to step on the gas pedal.

Teams have "kicked the tires" on a potential Drummond trade but there has been "no traction" on any deal ahead of Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reported Friday.

The Boston Celtics reportedly are among the teams interested in the 26-year-old big man, who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.7) and ranks eighth in blocks (1.8).

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Drummond would give Boston an answer to Eastern Conference giants like Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Brook and Robin Lopez while bolstering a thin frontcourt currently holding its own with Enes Kanter and an overachieving Daniel Theis.

As Mannix points out, though, Drummond's $27 million cap hit could be a deal-breaker for many teams, including the Celtics. The C's would have to move Gordon Hayward or Marcus Smart and at least one other player to make salaries match, but the team seems reluctant to part with any members of their core.

If Boston still wants an upgrade, it may find better luck with Davis Bertans; Mannix reports there's a "feeling around the league" that the Washington Wizards "almost have to shop" the 27-year-old big man, who is averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range amid a breakout season.