Friday, December 6, 2013
When the NBA D-League draft takes place on Nov. 2, the Maine Red Claws will be without picks in the second and third round because of previous trades.
At least, the Red Claws will get a chance at a solid player in the first round. The D-League announced the draft order among the 16 teams on Wednesday, and Maine will pick fourth.
In Celtics news, Boston added veteran guard Leandro Barbosa, seeming to fill its need for a guard who can play the 1 or 2 positions as a back-up.
Barbosa, 29, has played for Phoenix, Toronto and Indiana. Last year, he averaged 21 minutes, 11 points and 1.5 assists per game.
Barbosa's signing leaves Boston with 17 players on its preseason roster. Assuming training camp invitees Micah Downs and Rob Kurz do not make the team, the Celtics' 15-man roster is:
GUARDS: Barbosa, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Rajon Rondo and Jason Terry.
GUARD/FORWARDS: Kris Joseph, Paul Pierce
POST: Brandon Bass, Jason Collins, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, Fab Melo, Darko Milicic, Jared Sullinger and Chris Wilcox.
The Celtics can send as many as three of their 15 players to play for the Red Claws. Look for Melo and, possibly, Joseph to make appearances in Portland.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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