The Boston Celtics sent Kris Joseph and Fab Melo to the Maine Red Claws of the Developmental league today, a move that was often seen as inevitable and only a matter of time before it happened. They were both not getting any minutes in Boston and really had no shot to earn playing time as the season progressed. They are both rookies who have a long way to go before they can be considered at least NBA role players.
Melo is easily the most decorated of the pair, and obviously has at least some upside being so young and offering nice athleticism at the center position. The problem lies in the fact that he is pretty mediocre at almost everything else and does not have a complete understanding of the ins and outs of the professional game. That is obviously easier said than done but he certainly has a long way to go.
Joseph, on the other hand, is definitely the more polished player of the two but also offers the lesser upside. Joseph could latch on to a role at some point as a 10th or 11th man and a backup small forward, but obviously he has a ways to go to get to that point. Paul Pierce is entrenched as the starting small forward and even if he were to leave, the Celtics would most certainly look at other options outside of Joseph.
This is what happens when you have a team as deep as the Celtics. On the Charlotte Bobcats, Melo and Joseph are probably playing regularly whereas with the Celtics, they will be playing regularly, but it will be in the Developmental league, at least for the time being.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18