Monday, March 10, 2014
The Maine Red Claws announced who is coming to their training camp, so far, while also making a trade to add two picks to the NBA D-League draft, which will be held Friday.
Among those coming to training camp are two players cut from the Boston Celtics in the pre-season: 6-foot-8 forward Micah Downs and 7-foot center Brian Cusworth.
In a trade announced Thursday, Maine obtained the third- and fourth-round draft picks of the Bakersfield Jam, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft.
The Red Claws now have eight picks in the eight-round draft - none in the second round and two in the fourth. Maine had previously traded away two picks in the 2012 draft - in the second and third round - to the Texas legends last year for players Jerome Randle and Lawrence Hill.
The eight players Maine selects Friday will join eight others at the Red Claws camp, which begins Nov. 12 at the Portland Expo.
Those eight players are:
Downs, 26, from Gonzaga, was one of the last players cut in the Celtics camp. He spent the past three seasons in Europe.
Cusworth, 28, is a former Harvard player with five seasons of international experience.
Xavier Silas, 6-5, played 40 games for the Red Claws last year before joining the Philadelphia 76ers. Silas, 24, was recently cut by Philadelphia.
Chris Wright, 6-8, played four games for Maine last year before getting called up to Golden State. Wright, 24, attended Toronto’s pre-season camp last month and was cut.
Champ Oguchi, 6-6, played 38 games for the Red Claws in the 2010-11 season. Oguchi, 26, played overseas last season, including a stint on the Nigerian Olympic Team.
Raheem Singleton, 6-0, is one of three players invited to camp after a tryout conducted by the Celtics in September. Wright played the past two seasons for the University of Maine.
Farnold Degand, 6-4, played three years for North Carolina State.
DaQuan Brooks, 5-10, was a first-team Division III All-American guard with Western Connecticut State.
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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