As the Celtics continue the end of the regular season and prepare for the playoffs, they will be down one player: Marcus Landry. The 6’7 combo forward has been waived after playing only one game for the Celtics since being traded from New York to Boston.
In that one game, a Feb. 25 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Landry scored 0 points, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, 0 steals, and 0 blocks in only 3 minutes. He spent most of his time as a Celtic with the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL, where Landry averaged 11.4 ppg in 13 games of largely underwhelming play.
Though Landry doesn’t figure to be a part of Boston’s future, his release comes as a surprise. I believe the Celtics are still obligated to pay his entire contract and, at this stage of the season, are unable to fill his roster spot with someone who will be playoff-eligible. I’m unsure why the Celtics would make this move, other than being completely convinced that he does not possess NBA talent. Perhaps luxury tax purposes? But that’s only speculation. I don’t know the tax ramifications of such a release.