Melo, Joseph assigned to D-League

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Fab Melo is headed to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League.The Boston Celtics assigned rookies Fab Melo and Kris Joseph to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

The move was anticipated and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted it would come this week as the Red Claws just opened training camp. With Celtics coach Doc Rivers sticking with a tight early rotation, Melo and Joseph will have an opportunity for extended (and much-needed) game reps up in Maine.

Full release from the team after the jump.

From the Celtics:

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.