Boston Celtics Waive Former First-Round Pick Perry Jones III

A highly-touted recruit as a high schooler, Perry Jones III was once projected to be a Top-10 pick in the NBA Draft. But concerns about his knees made him fall in the draft, all the way to No. 28, where the OKC Thunder selected him. But Jones never cracked OKC’s rotation, and was traded to the Celtics at the end of last season. Boston, by all accounts, wanted to give him a shot, but there simply wasn’t room on the Opening Day roster. From the Celtics team website:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward Perry Jones III and guard Corey Walden.


Jones, a 6’11” forward, was originally acquired by the Celtics on July 14, 2015 and averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in five appearances with the team.


Walden, a 6’2” guard was originally signed by the Celtics on September 25, 2015 and averaged .5 points, 1.5 rebounds and .8 assists in 6.9 minutes per game in four contests with the team.


The Celtics roster now stands at 15.