Ainge: Brooks assigned to Red Claws 'to stay ready'

Ainge: Brooks assigned to Red Claws 'to stay ready'
January 2, 2014, 11:30 am
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MarShon brooks averaged 27.4 points a game in his five-game stint in the D-League.

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There's been plenty of talk about Rajon Rondo heading up to Maine to rehab with the Red Claws.

But it was another Celtics guard - MarShon Brooks - who was assigned to the team on Wednesday.

Brooks was one of four players traded over from the Brooklyn Nets in the blockbuster that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. Brooks was also seen as perhaps the only player coming to Boston that was worth keeping around.

But so far, he hasn't gotten much time on the court at all. Brooks has appeared in just nine games this season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 6.8 minutes per game.

Not exactly "keeper" numbers.

But Celtics GM Danny Ainge, who spoke Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said the move was made because Brooks is currently too far down on the depth chart, and can't improve by sitting on the end of the bench. The move to Maine isn't one that he sees as a long-term move. It's just to get Brooks some burn.

"So MarShon is just, he's been stuck behind Avery [Bradley] and Courtney [Lee]," Ainge said. "Avery is having a terrific year and Courtney is having a very good year also. It's just, he hasn't gotten the opportunities to play in the games that we would have liked to have seen, that he would have liked to have seen. So we just want him to stay ready.

"We're not going to have him down there long. He's going to be with our team most of the time but we would like, for the same reason we are with Rondo, just go down there and get reps, and stay ready for when the opportunity may come for you."

Brooks was a star at Providence College and was drafted by the Celtics (but for the Nets) with the No. 25 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Brooks started in 47 of 56 games for the Nets as a rookie, averaging 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. He fell out of the starting lineup and saw his role greatly reduced in his second season with the Nets.

If the Celtics do trade Lee, who has shown up in rumors this season, Brooks could find himself back in the rotation - and the tune-up in Maine will be a big help.