After spending two seasons with the Celtics, point guard Gabe Pruitt will be waived by the team tonight, according to a league source.
The Celtics had until tomorrow to pick up the option on the final year of his contract worth approximately $900,000, but declined. Pruitt, a highly skilled point guard from USC, never managed to crack Doc Rivers' rotation - in part because the C's coach often questioned Pruitt's aggressiveness.
Pruitt also upset members of management in February when he was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles the night after the team signed Stephon Marbury as a back-up point guard. But Pruitt impressed coaches with a relatively strong performance in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month.
Pruitt played in just 62 games in his two seasons, averaging 2.0 points.
The decision comes as the C's face a number crunch as they attempt to clear roster space for free agent swingman Marquis Daniels. Pruitt's departure may also enhance rookie guard Lester Hudson's chance of making the team. The C's second-round draft pick is currently unsigned and recovering from finger surgery.
Update: The Globe reports:
"Several teams have expressed interest and we will see what happens in the next few days," said Sam Goldfeder, Pruitt's agent.