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Babb to camp with Claws

Chris Babb, a casualty of Boston's bloated roster, will camp with the team's Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, after being assigned as a returning player.

Babb, a final camp cut last season, appeared in 33 games for Maine before being signed by Boston to provide late-season depth. Babb spent the summer working with the Celtics, but was cut again in late September after the team's roster bloated following a trade with the Cavaliers.

In camping with Maine, Babb will have the opportunity to stay within the Celtics family. More lucrative overseas offers likely exist, but Babb is one of many D-Leaguers that have benefited from in-season call-ups.

The Claws also announced that Sherwood Brown and Jermaine Taylor have been invited to camp as returning players.

On the eve of the D-League Draft, the Claws made two trades. First, the team acquired a third round pick from Grand Rapids while trading away the rights to former NBA first-round pick Daniel Orton and a sixth-round pick. Orton, a 6-10 forward, played in 24 games for Maine last season, averaging 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Maine then acquired the returning player rights to Jamal Sampson III from Reno in exchange for a fourth-round pick.