The Boston Celtics finally know who will be on their roster opening night. That's the good news. The bad news is they ate Perry Jones' contract to trim it down. President Danny Ainge wasn't able to make a trade, so Jones will temporarily hit the unemployment line and hope another team gives him a shot.
Jones is extremely gifted and athletic, but he didn't really do anything to stand out during the preseason, and his contract expires this summer. He was always the odd man out.
The Celtics raved about Jones’ production in Oklahoma City during the early going last season and the athleticism he brings to both the big small forward and small big forward positions. But chronic knee issues that arose again during the preseason may threaten the 24-year-old’s NBA career. Surely, team president Danny Ainge shopped Jones’ contract around the league in hopes of not having to eat his salary, but it doesn’t appear anybody was willing to take on that guaranteed $2 million. Whether he’ll receive a non-guaranteed minimum offer elsewhere remains to be seen.