PORTLAND, Maine (AP)- The Boston Celtics announced Thursday they are taking over the basketball operations of the Maine Red Claws and have entered into a single-affiliation partnership with the NBA Development League team.
The agreement gives the Celtics decision-making authority over the Red Claws' coaching staff and rosters. The Red Claws maintain control of off-the-court operations, and the local ownership group remains the same.
Under the deal, the Celtics and the Red Claws will run offensive and defensive schemes that are similar to the Celtics' so that players are familiar with the Celts' plays and terminology when they're called up to the NBA, Danny Ainge, the Celtics presidents of basketball operations, said at a news conference at the Red Claws' headquarters.
"I think it's good to have our own coach that will be a member of our staff that will be on the same page as our coach, Doc Rivers, and his staff, running the same system, running the same defense, running the same offense, with the same goals in mind without having to share the affiliation with other teams," he said.
The Red Claws have been affiliated with the Celtics since entering the league in 2009, but other NBA teams also have also had a stake. For the 2011-12 season, the club was affiliated with the Celtics, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Six NBA teams now have single-affiliation relationships with D-League teams, said league President Dan Reed.
The 16-team league serves as a feeder system to the NBA. More than one-fourth of NBA players have D-League experience, Reed said.
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