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With all 20 offseason roster spots previously filled, the Celtics are waiving Denzel Valentine so they can finalize the Blake Griffin signing. The former Michigan State star was one of six players in Boston on a training camp deal. Jared Weiss and Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported Valentine is getting waived.

The former first-round pick suited up for the Maine Celtics in 12 games last season. In 31.9 minutes per game, Valentine averaged 14.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from beyond the arc while launching 7.3 threes per contest.

Along with Boston adding Griffin to strengthen its center rotation and waiving Valentine, Friday also brought news of Luke Kornet suffering an ankle sprain expected to sideline him for one to two weeks.

The Celtics' preseason opener is Sunday against the Hornets. Boston's preseason schedule spans less than two full weeks, so hopefully, for Kornet's sake, he gets at least one game in before the start of the regular season.

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