While it’s not really much of a surprise, Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge decided that Fab Melo and Kris Joseph would be best suited towards further honing their skills in the D-League for the Maine Red Claws.
Melo and Joseph were not going to see major minutes this year. Any chance Melo had of seeing fringe backup minutes were thwarted when the C’s signed Darko Milicic. Joseph, meanwhile, found himself buried in the rotation behind a healthy Jeff Green. Milicic and Green made Melo and Joseph obsolete.
While both Melo and Joseph have the potential to have good productive NBA careers, that time just isn’t now. Melo is still very raw and needs a lot of work before he can begin to be a productive backup.
Joseph, meanwhile, was a second round pick and that in and of itself set the bar a lot lower for what was to be expected of him. In the preseason, he saw nearly 11 minutes per game and put up humble numbers: 4.6 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game. He was a star at Syracuse, but like many NBA rookies, that success at the NCAA level doesn’t always translate to instant success in the pros.
As to whether either, or both, will be called back up before the season ends, really hinges on how healthy the Celtics stay. If Mlicic and Green remain healthy, productive, and on the court, there’s just not really any place for Melo or Joseph—yet.