Guard Jim Paxson is among four players the Boston Celtics have left exposed to the NBA expansion draft, The Boston Herald reported Saturday.

Paxson, who was acquired by Boston from the Portland Trail Blazers last February, can be selected in the draft by either of the new NBA teams, the Miami Heat or the Charlotte Hornet.

Paxson was aqcuired to play a major bench role with Boston.

In addition to Paxson, other players available for the draft are: center Artis Gilmore, forward Fred Roberts and guard Dirk Minniefield. Center Bill Walton is an unrestricted free agent.

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