Lost amidst all the excitement of the depth that the Boston Celtics have added is that they are still lacking a legitimate backup point guard.
On October 16, CSNNE's Gary Tanguay broke the news that Boston was releasing both Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith. This comes as a minor surprise as Christmas was impressive in the NBA Summer League and had signed a partially guaranteed contract. The move will cost the Celtics around $250,000, according to ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg.
This move also means that, until Avery Bradley can return to full strength, Jason Terry's services are going to be needed at the shooting guard spot. Rajon Rondo will be playing big minutes this season, but some sort of presence behind him is necessary.
The Celtics' preseason roster currently sits at 16 players, with two more non-guaranteed players, Rob Kurz and Micah Downs, biding their time. With a roster at 14 players and two of them injured for some time (Bradley and Chris Wilcox), Boston could be hitting the free-agent market.
WEEI.com's Paul Flannery tweeted as such prior to Tuesday's preseason contest:
With a roster spot open, look for the Celtics to bring in some outside help.— Paul Flannery (@Pflanns) October 16, 2012
The market is pretty slim right now, but if the Celtics do their homework they might find someone they like who can come in and provide relief for their star point guard.