As I've often pointed out, Danny Ainge seems to hate waiving a player. He'd much rather swing some very minor trade that gets him any kind of asset, even if it is just a future protected 2nd rounder or a TPE.
Money shouldn't be much of a motivating factor since OKC sent the Celtics cash along with Perry Jones III so they essentially got a free look at him. Still, I would think that Ainge would rather get some kind of value for him or another player.
Teams have until Monday at 5 p.m. EST to trim their rosters to 15 or fewer players with guaranteed contracts. "We’ve made a lot of phone calls, talking to other teams," Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. "We like all 16 guys. It’s gonna be a tough call if we’re not able to do anything."
Complicating matters is the influx of players that have hit the market in recent days as they've been waived by other teams. Jones has more raw talent than a lot of them, but if a GM is simply looking to fill a roster spot, he might take a flyer on a free agent over giving up an asset for Jones.
Another route Ainge could take is making some kind of 2-for-1 or 3-for-1 deal that allows him to consolidate his talent a little. I looked at a few ideas here. Feel free to suggest your own.