Celtics have room to maneuver now

The Celtics have 47 regular-season games remaining, starting with
tonight’s visit to Atlanta, but they are thinking ahead to the
playoffs. That is why they waived Lester Hudson Wednesday afternoon,
opening a roster spot, just hours before taking a 112-106 overtime win
over the Miami Heat.

The Celtics will doubtless add a veteran player for the playoff run,
though president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said no deal is

“We like Lester a lot, but that is an important roster spot,’’ Ainge said. “There are a lot of good players available and this gives us an opportunity to see what is out there and if they can meet our needs as we get near to the playoffs, a chance to get somebody who can help us win this year.’’

Hudson was expected to apprentice at point guard, but was clearly not ready. When Rajon Rondo was injured, Tony Allen filled the starting role in a 103-96 win over Toronto last Saturday.

Ainge said the Celtics attempted to work out a trade for Hudson, whose nonguaranteed contract was worth $167,782. The deadline for contracts to be guaranteed was 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“He was not getting an opportunity,’’ Ainge said. “The majority of the backup point guard minutes have gone to Eddie House the last three years. Even when we brought in Sam Cassell, Eddie was still getting the majority of minutes. And last year, when we brought in [Stephon] Marbury, Eddie got the majority of the minutes, especially in the playoffs.


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