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Jabari Bird awaits sentencing for assault of ex-girlfriend

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Jabari Bird awaits sentencing for assault of ex-girlfriend

Jabari Bird made his plea on Monday and now awaits his sentencing for the assault of his ex-girlfriend.

The former Celtics guard pleaded to sufficient facts, which acknowledges a likely conviction at trial. He was released on bail following Monday's hearing and will be sentenced on May 28.

Bird was charged for strangulation or suffocation, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the September attack. According to ESPN, the victim addressed Bird within her statement in court. "The physical and psychological pain you have caused me will haunt me forever," she said.

The Celtics traded Bird to the Hawks, who later waived him, in February.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics could move Jabari Bird to open roster spot

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NBA Rumors: Celtics could move Jabari Bird to open roster spot

The Boston Celtics aren't expected to make any significant moves ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline. But they're apparently considering improving their roster via an unconventional path.

The Celtics potentially could pay another team to acquire guard Jabari Bird on Thursday in a move that would open a roster spot, The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach reported Wednesday.

Bird stepped away from the Celtics in September after he was arrested on multiple charges in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. He faced two new charges last week of witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime.

Bird is scheduled to appear in court again Feb. 13, so his legal case is ongoing. It's also unclear if the NBA will take disciplinary action, so the C's may not be able to move the 24-year-old before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

Boston still has another option, though. The league could rule to void Bird's contract, freeing a roster spot and allowing the Celtics to pursue a player on the buyout market. The C's also could waive Bird, eat his $1.5 million contract and pursue a player who gets bought out after Feb. 7.

Per the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, that type of move is the most fans should expect from Danny Ainge and Co. over the next 24 hours.

"According to teams that have spoken to them, the Celts may be looking more at players around the edges, rather than at more significant deals, as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches," Bulpett wrote Wednesday.

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Report: Celtics waive Georges-Hunt, await NBA decision on Jabari Bird

Report: Celtics waive Georges-Hunt, await NBA decision on Jabari Bird

The Celtics have waived guard Marcus Georges Hunt, who was signed late in training camp, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

Georges-Hunt could be re-signed after the Celtics get a resolution of Jabari Bird's status, Keith Smith of CelticsBlog reports. Bird is inactive as the NBA continues an investigation of his arrest on domestic violence charges. 

The Celtics can't cut Bird until they have a decision on his status from the NBA, which handles all domestic violence cases involving league personnel. If the NBA rules the contract can be voided, it won't count against the team's salary cap and could clear the way for Hunt to re-sign. 

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