Today around 5pm eastern time the official Celtics twitter page reported that the Celtics have waived Mike Sweetney. Jokes are flying all throughout the Celtics blogosphere about how the Celtics will "eat" his contract and other wise comments about his weight. Sweetney played very well offensively for the Celtics when he actually played this preseason. He led the team in scoring in the first preseason game and went on to average 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5 games. Honestly I don't think Sweetney would have helped the team that much, but in reality what 15th man helps any team?
After the reports came out yesterday that Doc Rivers was determined to keep him on the team, I really thought he had a chance. However in the back of my mind I had something telling me all preaseason that he was going to work hard just to be cut.
The main reason I wanted to see him make the team was so that I would never have to see Tony Allen in green again. As you can tell in my previous post: "Tony Allen Needs to Find a New Home" which you can read here, I can not stand the guy. Obviously it is nothing personal, but I see no worth in this guy, he is a liability to the Celtics organization both on the court and off.
The other guy that had the possibility of getting cut was J.R Giddens. Giddens is a guy that has been around for two years now and we have yet to see anything special out of him. I am hoping by keeping him around he will see some time in Portland (D-League) and will continue to get better. He definitely has the athleticism and can get up to the rim like we have seen at times.
At the beginning of preseason there was also another name thrown out there that could possibly be cut. That guy was Lester Hudson; however Hudson was determined to earn his spot on the NBA roster. That is just what he did, he impressed me in every way possible this preseason. He showed energy, control, and the ability to shoot the ball from deep.
So unfortunately Sweetney is gone, we have eaten his contract, and we still have Tony Allen and J.R Giddens. Before I end this post I just want to mention that this may not be the last we see of Sweetney, if he can keep working out and get in better shape, he may be one of those guys we bring in down the stretch. So wherever your life leads you, good luck Mike Sweetney!!!