The Ben Bentil era in Boston came to an end Friday afternoon.
According to sources, the Celtics waived the forward Friday ahead of the league's cut-down day (October 24), where all teams are required to trim rosters to 15 players. Danny Ainge will now have to decide between third-year player James Young or sophomore R.J. Hunter to fill the team's final roster spot.
Bentil opted to leave Providence College after just two seasons under Ed Cooley. His sophomore season saw him emerge as the team's top scoring threat, and led the entire Big East in scoring with 21.1 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, field goal makes (246) and free throw makes (194).
After being drafted 51st overall, Bentil signed with the Celtics under a partially guaranteed contract. The 6'9"Ghanaian failed to establish himself as a depth player with the Celtics after stints in the NBA Summer League or in the NBA Preseason. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds with 10.4 minutes per game throughout summer league, and 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in three preseason games.
Other NBA teams will have an opportunity to sign the forward from waivers this weekend before becoming a free agent.
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