- Dec 16, 2010
Not sure exactly where this would fit--I guess maybe I'll rename this into a generic Celtics 2019/20 thread, but for now:
I think they were our G-League affiliate. It's just that they were locally owned and now the local ownership is selling to the Celtics owners. Like how the Pawsox were owned by Mondor but were the Red Sox affiliate.I honestly didn't realize the Red Claws weren't already the Celtics' G-League affiliate.
I was just going by this quote from the article (maybe it's just an error):I think they were our G-League affiliate. It's just that they were locally owned and now the local ownership is selling to the Celtics owners. Like how the Pawsox were owned by Mondor but were the Red Sox affiliate.
In a release from the Boston Celtics, the Celtics announced that the team would purchase the NBA G League's Maine Red Claws, which would make the team the Celtic's G League affiliate.
My initial reaction was that this would be the primary motivation behind the acquisition to relocate the team to someplace within an hour drive. Another could be that the previous owners were going to sell so they would prefer to control their affiliate themselves as opposed to dealing with someone new where they have no previous relationship.
“Over the years, the G League and the Red Claws have become increasingly important to the Celtics and our player development efforts,’’ Celtics president Rich Gotham said in a statement. “We look forward to deepening both our ties with basketball operations and within the community, and further bringing the Celtics experience to fans in Maine.’’
“The Celtics have been great partners with the Red Claws over the last 10 seasons,’’ Red Claws chairman and owner Bill Ryan said in a statement. “We are thrilled that the Celtics will continue to build upon the success we have had in making the Red Claws an important part of the Maine community.’’