An interesting situation is unfolding in Boston at the moment as veteran guard Keith Bogans has been excused from the team and is apparently no long part of day-to-day operations. The official reason for the rift has been confirmed as being about the lack of minutes Bogans is getting, but Celtics GM Danny Ainge spoke on the radio this morning about the incident and his comments have made things even more bizarre.
Ainge spoke with 98.5 The SportsHub on Thursday morning and said that the team and Bogans have mutually agreed to part ways, but Bogans hasn’t yet been traded or cut. Rather, Ainge made it sound as though Bogans is on stand-by, much like Tobias Fünke was on stand-by for the Blue Man Group.
“It’s a unique situation, very unique,” Ainge said in reference to Bogans’ contract. “His value to us is he has non-guaranteed contract and, for us, he’s a chip at the trade deadline or this summer, most likely, that has value around the league. We don’t want to release him, we don’t want to let go, we want to keep that chip as we’re rebuilding.”
ESPN’s Chris Forsberg notes that Ainge said that if an injury were to come along, the Celtics would recall Bogans and give him minutes, but for the time being it sounds like the Boston is paying Bogans to sit at home and wait for a trade.