Oct 20, 2012; Albany, NY, USA; Boston Celtics center Fab Melo (13) dunks against the New York Knicks during the first half at Times Union Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Fab Melo Has Been Re-assigned to the Maine Red Claws


Mike Petraglia of WEEI is reporting that the Boston Celtics have sent center, Fab Melo back to the D-League.

Celtics announced Friday that they have assigned center Fab Melo to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Since returning from his last assignment to the Claws, Melo, a 7-foot center, appeared in two games with the Celtics. Melo played three minutes against the Magic before playing the final five minutes Thursday night against the Lakers.

Melo recorded his first two career points in the blowout win, to go along with a steal and a block.

In 19 games (17 starts) for the Red Claws, Melo is averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game while averaging 27.7 minutes.

This is raising some suspicion that a move could be made. The Celtics are thin on the front line with Jared Sullinger done for the season after having back surgery. Earlier today, Ric Bucher of ESPN reported that Boston was interested in adding another big man, and that the Memphis Grizzlies could be a possible trade partner. According to sources, Courtney Lee is drawing interest and the Grizzlies would like to add him to their backcourt.

Seeing that Boston desperately needs a big man, it’s odd that they would send him back to Maine. If a move, whether via free agency or trade, was made sometime tonight or tomorrow, it would be unlikely that the player Boston acquires could play Sunday against the Nuggets with the blizzard that is currently shutting down the state.

Of course this is all hypothetical, but obviously something is up. While Fab Melo didn’t play many minutes in his two games, having him on the bench, ready to play if someone got injured was somewhat reassuring, no matter how inexperienced he may be. The trade rumors are picking up. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett might not be going anywhere, but it seems like Danny Ainge has got something up his sleeve.

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