Monday January 07, 2013 | 05:54 AM

The Maine Red Claws roster contained 13 players Sunday afternoon. But how many players will take to the court this Tuesday and Wednesday, when Maine plays in the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.?

Eight.

When the Boston Celtics waived forward Kris Joseph Sunday night, it affected the Red Claws, Boston's D-League affiliate. Joseph was one of two Celtics players who often suited up for Maine.

Center Fab Melo is the other Celtics player on the Red Claws roster, but he is out with a concussion.

Maine forward Chris Wright is also missing with a concussion. Guard Jeremiah Rivers has yet to play because of an ankle injury. Newly-signed guard Andre Barrett will not join the team until after the showcase.

That leaves eight. Joseph, if he is not signed by another team, could end up with the Red Claws again, if he chooses to go back to the D-League

Why was Joseph waived, along with recently-signed forward Jarvis Varnado? Today is the day that NBA contracts become guaranteed. By waiving Joseph and Varnado, Boston makes a little room, in terms of salary and roster.

Meanwhile, the Red Claws wait for reinforcements. And it is possible that Maine loses more players. Today is also the first day that NBA teams can sign players to 10-day contracts.

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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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