Boston waives Demetrius Jackson

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A day after making the Gordon Hayward signing official, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge continued to make tweaks to his roster, waiving guard Demetrius Jackson and signing 2017 second-round draft pick Semi Ojeleye to a four-year deal.

In a tweet Saturday afternoon, Jackson, who starred at Mishawaka Marian and Notre Dame, wrote, "Thank you Boston.''

The Celtics, who waived Jordan Mickey late Thursday night in order to make the Hayward signing official, had until Saturday to make a decision on the 22-year-old Jackson, who already made $650,000 of guaranteed money, according to a radio station WEEI report. Waiving Jackson, a 2016 second-round pick (selected 45th overall) who played in just five games for the Celtics last season (and playing over two minutes in just two of those five contests), now frees the Celtics from having to pay him the remaining $734,750 he was due to make.

It also created the roster room needed for the Celtics to bring Ojeleye in.

Ojeleye, a 6-foot-7 physical defender that’s drawn comparisons to Jae Crowder, has averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games for the Summer Celtics.

Jackson had a solid season for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League, averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 assists per game as the Red Claws made a run to the D-League Eastern Conference Finals.

Jackson is expected to find another team shortly and there is a possibility he will be picked up on waivers according to league sources. He has shown potential to be a rotation player, but did not have any opportunity in Boston because of the deep and young roster. The average age of the roster, assuming Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird sign two-way contracts as expected, would be just 23.

Former Marian High School and Notre Dame standout Demetrius Jackson was cut in mid-July by the Boston Celtics, who selected him with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. (AP File Photo/KIM RAFF)