The Boston Celtics may already know who’s getting cut

Time is not on Perry Jones' side.
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The Boston Celtics have 16 guaranteed contracts but are only allowed 15 by opening night. The best-case scenario would be a trade, where Boston can get something of value in return for a player they can't have, but more likely than not, they'll instead waive someone and eat the money.

That someone is probably Perry Jones, who the Celtics acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder over the summer. Here's why Jones will be the odd man out, per The Boston Herald:

He's only appeared in two games this preseason, where he scored four points in about 17 minutes. Jones has serious skill, but for whatever reason he's yet to latch on and find an NBA home. Hopefully this won't mark the end of his career.

Right now, though, the issue is also when he’ll play. After playing seven minutes in the team’s exhibition opener in Milan, and missing the next game in Madrid after returning home from Italy to attend the funeral of a cousin, he played nine minutes last Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets and never left the bench Friday against the New York Knicks. “That was just (Friday night),” coach Brad Stevens said. “I played Perry a lot early on. I just wanted James (Young) to get a few more minutes. Perry will play this upcoming week.” But as the 16th player with a guaranteed contract added to the maximum 15-contract mix, Jones has roughly a week to win a roster spot.

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