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As expected, Celtics waive guard Zoran Dragic

The Celtics had planned to waive Zoran Dragic all along after acquiring him last month.
The Celtics had planned to waive Zoran Dragic all along after acquiring him last month. John Raoux/Associated Press

The Celtics on Monday officially waived guard Zoran Dragic, who had been acquired from the Heat last month as Miami sought to trim its luxury tax bill.

The Celtics had the salary cap space to absorb Dragic’s $1.7 million contract. Miami covered the majority of the salary that was owed to Dragic as part of the deal, while also sending Boston a 2020 second-round pick. The Celtics had planned to waive Dragic all along, multiple league sources indicated last month.

Dragic, the younger brother of star Heat guard Goran Dragic, averaged 1.8 points in 16 games with the Suns and Heat last season. This move leaves the Celtics with 16 guaranteed contracts, one above the league maximum of 15. Boston will need to complete a trade or waive one more player before the start of the regular season.

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