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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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Thursday November 01, 2012 | 12:35 PM

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.

Friday October 19, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Former University of Maine guard Raheem Singleton has been invited to the Maine Red Claws training camp, which will begin next month.

Singleton, 23, is a 6-foot guard who played the past two seasons with the Black Bears. He participated in a Red Claws tryout last month, conducted by the Boston Celtics in Waltham, Mass.

Singleton announced his invitation on Twitter, saying, "God is good. Just signed my first pro contract. Maine Red Claws training camp, here I come."

For more on Singleton, see last month's story from the tryout.

Thursday October 18, 2012 | 10:19 AM

When the NBA D-League draft takes place on Nov. 2, the Maine Red Claws will be without picks in the second and third round because of previous trades.

At least, the Red Claws will get a chance at a solid player in the first round. The D-League announced the draft order among the 16 teams on Wednesday, and Maine will pick fourth.

In Celtics news, Boston added veteran guard Leandro Barbosa, seeming to fill its need for a guard who can play the 1 or 2 positions as a back-up.

Barbosa, 29, has played for Phoenix, Toronto and Indiana. Last year, he averaged 21 minutes, 11 points and 1.5 assists per game.

Wednesday October 17, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Looking for a few big men ...

After 6-foot-11 Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics have few quality tall players in the post. Height isn't everything, of course, but it helps. Boston continues to get out-rebounded in games (41-35 last night)

Seven-foot Darko Milicic sat out Tuesday's 97-96 exhibition loss to the Nets; 6-10 Chris Wilcox is out indefinitely with a bad back; 7-foot Fab Melo, one of Boston's first-round draft picks last year, is not ready for prime time; and 7-foot Jason Collins is not going to get quality minutes.

At one point in Tuesday's game, Boston featured 6-9 Jeff Green and 6-9 Jared Sullinger in the post. Both are impressing this preseason. Green, a free-agent signing, is versatile and a proven scorer (14 points Tuesday night). Sullinger, Boston's first first-round pick last year, is showing a maturity beyond his 20 years. He pulled down 20 rebounds Tuesday.

Wednesday October 17, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Looking for a few big men ...

After 6-foot-11 Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics have few quality tall players in the post. Height isn't everything, of course, but it helps. Boston continues to get out-rebounded in games (41-35 last night)

Seven-foot Darko Milicic sat out Tuesday's 97-96 exhibition loss to the Nets; 6-10 Chris Wilcox is out indefinitely with a bad back; 7-foot Fab Melo, one of Boston's first-round draft picks last year, is not ready for prime time; and 7-foot Jason Collins is not going to get quality minutes.

At one point in Tuesday's game, Boston featured 6-9 Jeff Green and 6-9 Jared Sullinger in the post. Both are impressing this preseason. Green, a free-agent signing, is versatile and a proven scorer (14 points Tuesday night). Sullinger, Boston's first first-round pick last year, is showing a maturity beyond his 20 years. He pulled down 20 rebounds Tuesday.