Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics trimmed their roster down to 14 players following Thursday's practice in Waltham, waiving Michael Sweetney and Gilbert Brown in the early evening after announcing that Jamal Sampson had been cut earlier in the day.
Sweetney, Brown and Sampson were all training camp invites who were facing long odds to make the team. Rivers wanted to cut the roster from 17 to 14 so the Celtics would have room to sign a veteran free agent if they wanted.
For Sweetney, this was his second stint with the Celtics at training camp, as he was also with the team at camp two seasons ago. In 233 career games, Sweetney has averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, but hasn't played since 2007.
Sampson is a five-year veteran forward-center who last played for the Denver Nuggets in the 2006-07 season. In his five years, Sampson averaged 2.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 72 games spent with five different teams.
Brown, a forward-guard, was an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh.