The Celtics have designated Fab Melo, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft, for assignment in the D-League. The 7-foot center out of Syracuse played a total of eight minutes in garbage time during the C’s recent wins over the Magic and Lakers.
Melo has been outstanding in Maine this year, over 20 games with the Red Claws he is averaging an absurd 3.4 blocks to go along with 11 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. However the lanky rookie seemed to lack the speed and awareness necessary to play well in the NBA, and management has decided that he needs more experience before the Celtics can work him into the rotation.
Luke Ridnour- A veteran point guard with the ability to shoot or pass could fit seamlessly into the Celtics new look spread offense. Minnesota is actively shopping Ridnour since Ricky Rubio has returned to full form and there is a chance he could land in Boston.
J.J. Redick- Danny Ainge has already stated that he covets Redick as a potential asset, but it appears the Magic are looking to move the sharpshooter to Milwaukee for a big man, likely for some combination of players including Samuel Dalembert.
Samuel Dalembert- In that same interview, Ainge also admitted that size has to be a priority for the Celtics, so perhaps they would move for the physically gifted, yet raw, center that can’t find much playing time for the Bucks. The C’s could definitely use the lengthy Dalembert, who has averaged 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game over his career. He was an anchor for the Sixers defense for six years before failing to fit in with the Rockets, Kings, and now the Bucks, but playing alongside Kevin Garnett would likely improve the fundamentals of a player that didn’t pick up a basketball until he was 16.