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Celtics waive fan favorite which could open door for Tacko Fall

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The Boston Celtics waived one fan favorite which could lead to an opportunity for their latest fan favorite.

The Celtics on Wednesday waived big man Guerschon Yabusele, according to an ESPN.com report. Despite the love Yabusele, nicknamed the “Dancing Bear,” received from Celtics fans, he averaged just 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds over his two seasons with the team.

This move could open the door for Tacko Fall to grab a roster spot. The 7-foot-6 center has had a strong summer league for the 3-0 Celtics. Through three games, he has 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 39 minutes.

Fall — who first grabbed the nation’s attention by going toe-to-toe with Zion Williamson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament — agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics. He averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks last season for Central Florida. Those deals are one-year agreements that pay the minimum salary and can be used as two-way contracts.

As for Yabusele — who became a social media sensation for doing a bow-dab celebration after hitting a 3-pointer — he was seen as a raw talent but failed to develop during his time in Boston.

The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Yabusele was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, one of the Celtics’ three first-round draft picks that year. Yabusele, considered one of the best international prospects at the time, spent his first year in China.

The Celtics owe Yabusele $3.1 million for the 2019 season, according to the report. As for Fall, he and the Celtics will be playing the Grizzlies on Wednesday night (10:30 p.m. Eastern).

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