BOSTON -- Eric Fernsten, a hard-working but seldom-used reserve who was one of the Boston Celtics' most popular players, was waived Thursday.
The decision dropped the Celtics' roster to 12, the maximum allowed.
Coach Bill Fitch elected to retain Darren Tillis, the team's No. 1 draft choice who has been unimpressive in preseason. Fernsten, a forward-center, played three seasons with Boston.
Fernsten, valued primarily as a determined practice player who made the veterans work harder, averaged just 2.3 points per game for the Celtics.
Fernsten was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth round for the 1975-76 season. He was traded midway throughahis rookie year to the Chicago Bulls. Fernsten later played two years in Italy before joining the Celtics.