In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Celtics wasted no time today in assigning rookies Kris Joseph and Fab Melo to the team’s D-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. With a significant logjam at both small forward and center on the Celtics roster, combined with the evident reality that neither player is close to being a NBA contributor at this juncture of their career, they will spend the next few weeks and probably longer up in Maine, honing their skills and seeing some real court time they would never get on the Boston bench. Here’s the team’s official press release on the move:
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned forward Kris Joseph and center Fab Melo to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Melo, a 7’0 center, appeared in all eight preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 1.3 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. Melo was drafted by the Celtics with the 22nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Syracuse University where he averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and shot 56.6% from the field in his sophomore season before entering the draft.
Joseph, a 6’7 forward, made his NBA debut against the Milwaukee Bucks and recorded one rebound and one assist in three minutes of action on November 2. He had averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes during the eight preseason games earlier this year. Joseph was drafted by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Syracuse University. During his senior season for Syracuse he averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.