Friday, April 18, 2014
At one time, the Maine Red Claws had the top point guard in the NBA D-League.
And, it seems, the Boston Celtics could use a point guard.
But it’s unsure if the Red Claws, or any other D-League team, will help the Celtics replace Rajon Rondo, out for the year with a torn ACL.
First of all, the Red Claws no longer have point guard Shelvin Mack - for now. He just re-signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for a second 10-day contract. It is not sure how much Mack figures in the 76ers’ plans. He’s played three games so far, and a total of only five minutes.
When this 10-day contract is up, Philadelphia will have to sign Mack for the rest of the season or let him go.
Mack, a back-up all last year for the Wizards, was averaging 20.5 points and eight assists a game for the Red Claws.
With the Celtics, Mack could help, but likely more for depth, as Avery Bradley and Leandro Barbosa take on more of the point duties.
The Celtics may want to call up the Red Claws’ current point guard, Andre Barrett. Only 5-foot-9, but an excellent passer, Barrett has NBA time on his resume (67 games over four seasons). And, with Maine, he is running the same offense the Celtics use.
Red Claws guard Xavier Silas got a sniff of the NBA last year (two games with the 76ers). He is a shooting guard who also backs up Barrett at the point. Also an excellent defender.
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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