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An interesting note from Chad Ford's column Monday on the deadline to extend members of recent draft classes:
"The only other player from the first-round class of 2008 to have their third-year option declined was the Celtics' J.R. Giddens."
The move means Giddens will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, adding another expiring contract to the Celtics' 2009-10 roster, and potentially positioning him as a player that's slightly more attractive to be included in any midseason trade.
The Celtics selected Giddens with the 30th overall pick in the 2008 draft. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard spent part of last season with the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League, averaging 17.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 26 games.
Giddens has appeared in eight NBA games, including two this season, but has just four career points.