Celtics Become 26th Franchise To Fully Own G League Team

The Celtics have an agreement in place to buy the Maine Red Claws, their G League affiliate, as the team announced today.

“Over the years, the G League and the Red Claws have become increasingly important to the Celtics and our player development efforts. 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,” said Team President Rich Gotham.

There are 28 teams in the G League and after this move, only two franchises do not wholly own their affiliate, as 2 Ways & 10 Days highlights on Twitter.

The Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and Pistons (Grand Rapid Drive) have “hybrid” affiliations with their respective G League clubs, meaning they manage and fund the basketball operations while local ownership maintains the control of the business and its community relations, as the G League details on its website.

The Red Claws played their first game in 2009 and are located in Portland, Maine. The team was previously owned by Maine Basketball, LLC.

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10 thoughts on “Celtics Become 26th Franchise To Fully Own G League Team

    • 123Redsox

      Smart, rozier,shelvin Mack, Rodney mcgruder,Tim frazier, Ryan Kelly, alexis ajinca, avery bradley all developed there and were at least solid role players for at least a few years in the nba

        • CottMan3

          Actually it does, the studs don’t go to the GLeague. They play. Thinking of this like the Baseball’s minor league system isn’t right. The fact that all of those players have had solid nba careers is a boon to Maine.

        • dust44

          Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Rodney McGruder. Just Incase u didn’t pick that up from only last names. Yah 3 starters and 1 solid rotational player. Yep not good… (complete sarcasm btw)

  1. JonnyLucas

    Terry Rozier spent some time with the red claws. A bunch of guys who have made nba rosters played there.

  2. dlevin11

    I wonder if Cs plan on moving the Claws closer to Boston or even Rhode Island?

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