Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Maine Red Claws officially set their roster Wednesday, releasing guard Corey Allmond.
The move puts the Red Claws roster at 10, plus two NBA players (guard/forward Kris Joseph and center Fab Melo). The NBA D-League allows teams a maximum of three NBA players to join its roster.
Almond, 24, was a 6-foot-2 shooting guard with two years of pro experience, mostly with the Fort Wayne Mad Ant of the D-League.
Allmond had a nice shooting touch, but the Red Claws had several players who can moved into the shooting guard spot.
“We just felt there was a logjam of players on the wing,” said Maine coach Mike Taylor, who began listing his two-guard options: “ Kris Joseph, Micah Downs, Champ Oguchi, Omar Reed, Xavier Silas.”
The Red Claws open the season Friday in Canton, Ohio. Their home opener is Sept. 30.
RED CLAWS ROSTER
Chris Ayers, F/C, 6-11
Brian Cusworth, C, 7-0
Micah Downs, G/F, 6-8
Shelvin Mack, G, 6-3
Champ Oguchi, G, 6-6
Omar Reed, F, 6-6
Xavier Silas, G, 6-5
Raheem Singleton, G, 6-0
Scott VanderMeer, C, 7-0
Chris Wright, F, 6-8
Fab Melo, C, 7-0
Kris Joseph, F, 6-7
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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