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Celtics reportedly to waive Jabari Parker, creating roster spot

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 24: Jabari Parker #20 of the Boston Celtics looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on November 24, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

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The bottom line is this: The Celtics and team president Brad Stevens value flexibility heading into the trade deadline, and saving a little money, over Jabari Parker.

The Celtics will waive Parker before midnight Monday, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Parker has played a very limited role for Boston, getting into 12 games and averaging 4.4 points a contest in those. That despite the roster shakeups due to COVID. This makes Parker a free agent.

The move saves the Celtics a little over $1 million right now, although that could change depending on what they do with the open roster spot.

The struggling Celtics need to make changes. Sources around the league tell NBC Sports the Celtics are not looking to trade Jaylen Brown; instead, they want to build around him and Jayson Tatum. What that could mean at the trade deadline is impossible to predict, but now Stevens has a little more flexibility to work with.