What does Yabusele's departure mean for Tacko Fall?

Boston Celtics 2019 NBA basketball draft player Carsen Edwards points out his family at a news conference to introduce the new team players Monday

Boston Celtics 2019 NBA basketball draft player Carsen Edwards points out his family at a news conference to introduce the new team players Monday

The Dancing Bear is no more in Boston.

The Boston Celtics will reportedly waive 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele, reducing their number of players set to earn guaranteed salaries next season to 14, one below the league maximum.

In two seasons in Boston, Yabusele played in 74 games (five starts), averaging 2.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.6 minutes per game. After a season playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, Yabusele came over to the NBA despite the team preferring he remain overseas honing his craft for another year.

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The 23-year-old has struggled in his two National Basketball Association seasons, averaging just 2.3 points off 44 percent shooting from the floor and 32 percent from three-point range in his 74 National Basketball Association games. Yabusele never showed the confidence and poise of a player in his third summer league and the lack of encouraging signs made the choice to move on a bit easier.

But the Celtics did well to sign Kemba Walker to a four-year, max-level deal, and selected three players in the draft - Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and Carsen Edwards - who not only project as rotation players down the line, but could also see the floor as rookies in 2019-20. His summer ended Monday night when he suffered a pinky injury. The team can use its open spot to ensure summer league celebrity Tacko Fall stays on their roster, though there's no rush to do such until rival teams begin inquiring about his availability. They had taken forward Jaylen Brown with the No. 3 pick.

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