Monday November 18, 2013 | 05:35 AM

The Maine Red Claws reduced their roster to 11 as they prepare for their season-opener this weekend at the Portland Expo.

The Red Claws, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics, will commence their fifth season with home games on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Two players return to the team from last year - forward Chris Wright and guard Jermaine Taylor. Only one draft pick made the team - guard Frank Gaines, who was Maine’s top pick, coming in the second round.

Two players from tryouts made the cut - guard Corey Almond and center Ty Walker.

Guard Kammron Taylor is currently on the roster but has not practiced because of a sore Achilles tendon. He is expected to be put on the inactive list, which will put Maine’s roster down to the required 10.

The team is a little guard heavy but head coach Mike Taylor said, “We feel like we picked the best 10 guys for the team.”

Those that were cut included guard Corey Stokes, forwards J’Nathan Bullock, Todd Hendley, Lester Prosper and Chehales Tapscott, and center Brian Barkdoll.

Corey Almond, 6-2, guard
Marcel Anderon, 6-0, guard
Chris Babb, 6-5, guard/forward
Damen Bell-Holter, 6-9, forward/center
Abdul Gaddy, 6-1, guard
Frank Gaines, 6-5, guard
Romero Osby, 6-8, forward
Kammron Taylor, 6-2, guard
Jermaine Taylor, 6-4, guard
Ty Walker, 7-0, center
Chris Wright, 6-8, forward

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