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Celtics recall Fab Melo in time for Nuggets 02.10.13 at 2:50 pm ET
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The Celtics announced Sunday that they have recalled center Fab Melo from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. The 7-foot center will be dressed and available for duty against the Nuggets in the 6 p.m. contest at TD Garden.

In his one game on assignment to the Red Claws, Melo scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and had one assist in just under 23 minutes against the Bakersfield Jam on February 8. He is averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.45 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game in his 20 contests with Maine this season.

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics.

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Fab Melo sent back to D-League 02.08.13 at 6:05 pm ET
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Fab Melo

Celtics announced Friday that they have assigned center Fab Melo to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Since returning from his last assignment to the Claws, Melo, a 7-foot center, appeared in two games with the Celtics. Melo played three minutes against the Magic before playing the final five minutes Thursday night against the Lakers.

Melo recorded his first two career points in the blowout win, to go along with a steal and a block.

In 19 games (17 starts) for the Red Claws, Melo is averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game while averaging 27.7 minutes.

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Report: Red Claws target Bruce Pearl for head coaching job 05.20.11 at 3:28 pm ET
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According to a report by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Maine Red Claws have contacted former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl about their head coaching job. The Red Claws have been affiliated with the Celtics and Bobcats since their debut in the NBA’s D-League in 2009.

Austin Ainge, the son of the Celtics president, coached the Red Claws for the last two seasons and recently joined the Celtics front office as director of player personnel. The Red Claws are run by former Celtics assistant coach Jon Jennings and have enjoyed two sellout seasons in Portland.

Pearl was fired after six mostly successful seasons at Tennessee after lying to NCAA investigators during an inquiry into major violations at the school.

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Not so fast on Shaquille O’Neal return but hope remains for Delonte West Wednesday 03.05.11 at 2:34 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Shaquille O’Neal will likely not be able to return to the Celtics lineup on Wednesday after all, coach Doc Rivers said following Saturday’s practice. Rivers indicated he was hoping to have both O’Neal and Delonte West back by Wednesday to help them begin getting playing time to gear up for the playoffs.

“Probably not going to be ready Wednesday because his foot is bothering him a little again,” Rivers said. “Delonte, we’re hoping Wednesday.”

O’Neal has missed the last 12 games and has been out since Feb. 1 with a sore right lower leg and sore right achilles tendon. West missed his third straight game Friday with a sprained right ankle. Glen Davis shot free throws following Saturday’s practice but is still nursing patellar tendinitis in his left knee and is expected to miss several more days of practice while Von Wafer, who injured his right calf during Friday’s win over the Warriors is still in a walking boot.

The team also informed center Chris Johnson that they will not renew his 10-day contract for now as Doc Rivers announced the priority is to sign a back-up point guard.

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What Avery Bradley’s D-League assigment means for the Celtics 01.14.11 at 3:20 pm ET
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As expected, the Celtics assigned rookie guard Avery Bradley to their D-League affiliate in Maine, Friday. Bradley has played in just two game since Rajon Rondo returned from an ankle injury, and he has logged only four minutes total when he played.

The Celtics are sending Bradley to Maine, who is coached by Danny Ainge‘s son Austin, to get him on the court. Bradley missed all of the summer and most of training camp following ankle surgery and while he filled in admirably during desperate situations, he also clearly has a lot to learn. He’s appeared in 14 games with four assists and nine turnovers in just 66 minutes of action.

Since this is the first D-League assignment of the season, we thought it would be helpful to preemptively answer a few questions:

1. Does this move affect the Celtics roster?

No.

The Celtics have 15 players under contract, the maximum allowed by the NBA, and Bradley’s assignment does nothing to change that. The D-League is not a true minor league in this regard.

In other words, this doesn’t mean the Celtics can sign a veteran free agent while Bradley is in the D-League. They can’t.

2. Why send him to the D-League?

Bradley needs games and practices and he wasn’t getting enough of either in Boston. This allows him the chance to get both, while working on his point guard skills. They can also bring him back at any time.

3. Is Maine the Celtics version of Pawtucket?

Yes and no, but mainly no.

The Celtics have an affiliation agreement with Maine. That means that when they send any of their eligible players — that also includes Luke Harangody and Semih Erden — to the D-League, they are automatically assigned to the Red Claws. The Celtics share an affiliation with the Charlotte Bobcats, meaning both teams can send their first or second-year players to the Red Claws. Most D-League teams operate with dual affiliation agreements.

Where it differs is that the rest of the Maine roster is made up of players who are eligible to be signed by any other NBA team.

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Red Claws select Magnum Rolle in draft 11.01.10 at 11:06 pm ET
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redclawThe Maine Red Claws selected Magnum Rolle in the first round of the D-League draft Monday. A 6-foot-11 center from Louisiana Tech, Rolle was drafted by Oklahoma City in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft and then traded to the Pacers.

Rolle was cut by the Pacers after Indiana found itself in a roster crunch. Rather than waive backup center Solomon Jones, who had a guaranteed contract, the Pacers elected to part ways with Rolle, despite a strong showing in summer league. Fanhouse’s Matt Moore called Rolle the “steal of the D-League draft.”

The Red Claws are affiliated with the Celtics and Bobcats but players on their roster are free agents who can sign with any NBA team at any time. Still, Rolle is a nice piece for coach Austin Ainge, son of Danny.

Here’s the rest of the Red Claws draft list:

1. Magnum Rolle C 6-11 225 Louisiana Tech

2. Kenny Hayes G 6-2 183 Miami (Ohio)

2. Champ Oguchi G 6-6 195 Illinois State

3. Lawrence Westbrook G 6-00 185 Minnesota

4. Tajuan Porter G 5-06 150 Oregon

5. James Lewis G 6-4 200 Fresno Pacific

6. JaJuan Smith G 6-3 195 Tennessee

7. Eugene Spates F 6-8 220 Northeastern

8. Armon Bassett G 6-2 180 Ohio

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