Celtics News: Former 2nd-Round Draft Pick Kadeem Allen Waived by Boston

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Kadeem Allen #45 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 9, 2018 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Boston Celtics waived Kadeem Allen, the team announced Sunday.

The Celtics selected Allen with the 53rd overall pick of the 2017 draft. He appeared in 18 games, tallying 19 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in 107 total minutes on the floor.

The former Arizona Wildcats star spent most of his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.0 assists but shot 30.0 percent from three-point range.

Allen also appeared for Boston in the 2018 NBA Summer League but struggled to make an impact. He shot 7-of-18 from the field and averaged 2.8 points in five appearances.

The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reported Saturday the Celtics planned on releasing Allen and signing another player on a two-way contract to replace him.

Allen's defense often set the tone for the Red Claws. According to NBA.com, he had a 95.3 defensive rating in 15 wins and a 113.3 defensive rating in 19 losses.

Another team should give Allen a look on a two-way deal, but he may need to prove himself in the G League—particularly with regard to his shooting—before he warrants a regular spot in an NBA rotation.

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