The Boston Celtics affiliate has actually collected a very interesting roster for this season, also from a Celtics point of view.
Three of the Celtics camp invites got assigned to the D-League as affiliated players, which means two things: They go directly to our affiliated team, without going throug the D-League draft, and the Cetlics is the only NBA team that can call them up during the season. As has been noted on Celticsblog these three players are Chris Babb, Damen Bell-Holter and Kammron Taylor. It seems very likely that at least Babb will get a chance with the Celtics at some point during the season.
Another interesting Maine Red Claws player is Romero Osby, who was actually drafted to the NBA as no. 51 this year by Orlando Magic, but who got waived during training camp. His D-League rights were acquired in a trade, where the Red Claws gave up Terrance Henry, the Red Claws' 10th overall pick in this year's D-League Draft, and the rights to Xavier Silas. There were rumors, that the Celtics wanted to sign Osby, who is a 6'8 power forward from University of Oklahoma. But it makes a lot more sense that he starts the season in Maine.
In another trade the Red Claws acquired the D-League rights to Abdul Gaddy, who was with the Charlotte Bobcats this preseason. He played with Avery Bradley in high school and AAU, and was a McDonald's All-American in 2009. He was considered a great pg prospect coming out of high school, but had loads of struggles in college, worst of all an ACL tear, that cut his sophomore season short. He went undrafted this summer.
Three players have been with the Red Claws before: Chris Wright, Jermaine Taylor and Corey Stokes. Both Wright and Taylor have NBA experience and were signed to Summer League and training camps this season. They are obvious candidates to be called up by other NBA teams this season.
The Red Claws also signed a seven foot defensive specialist, Ty Walker from Wake Forest who spent last season playing in Europe and China. According to Eurobasket.com he weighs in at 229 lbs, not much for a big guy like him.
The Maine Red Claws kick off their training camp tomorrow, November the 7th. Their first league game is at home November 22nd against Springfield.