The Boston Celtics are reportedly slated to waive second-year guard Demetrius Jackson, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. The Celtics will pay Jackson his $650,000 but do not have to pay the remaining $734,750.
The 6-foot-1 guard played in just five games with the Celtics during his rookie season, spending the majority of his time with the Maine Crawdads of the D-League (now the G-League).
With the Celtics searching for ways to clear cap space for Gordon Hayward, who came over in free agency following a seven-year stint with the Jazz, Jackson was held out of two straight Summer League games.
“I’m not sure (if it was because of the roster situation),” Jackson said, per Mass Live. “I just wanted to come out and cheer for my teammates, and just watch the game, and try to help them, and try to get better myself. So I try to leave that stuff to the people who know it well. And I just try to worry about the things I can worry about and focus (on those).”
The second-year guard is a product of Notre Dame, where he was one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award as a sophomore. During that season, his final in South Bend, Jackson averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.
He declared for the draft following that season, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He was selected with pick No. 45 by the Celtics.