The Celtics have assigned rookies Fab Melo and Kris Joseph to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. The move is not unexpected, and it allows the young players a chance to see some playing time. Melo has not seem game action this season, while Joseph played three minutes in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 2.
Melo, a 7-foot center, was drafted with the 22d overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. His Syracuse teammate Joseph was taken with the 51st pick. Fellow rookie big man Jared Sullinger is seeing plenty of playing time in his inaugural season, but Melo is a longer-term project.