The Boston Celtics recalled rookie Fab Melo from the Maine Red Claws of the D-League on Tuesday, but the move appears to simply be procedural again as the 7-foot center had been battling a quadriceps injury that forced him to miss Maine's last game.
Melo was spotted on the floor before Tuesday's practice in Waltham. He has been recalled multiple times this season due to injury reasons, including a concussion in late December. NBA rules require teams to officially recall players from the D-League before they can be examined by a team's training staff.
Melo has appeared in 19 games for the Red Claws this season while averaging 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a D-League-best 3.8 blocks over 27.7 minutes per game.
One other note on the Claws: head coach Mike Taylor and his staff (assistant coaches Tunde Adekola and J.P. Clark) will head to Houston next month to coach the Futures Team in the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star game as part of All-Star weekend. At 17-10 through Jan. 27, the Claws own the second best winning percentage in the D-League (winning a tie-breaker over Canton).