BOSTON – The Celtics have assigned rookie forward Guerschon Yabusele to the Maine Red Claws of the Gatorade League.
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The move isn’t all that surprising when you consider the lack of playing time Yabusele has been able to earn thus far this season.
He has appeared in just seven games for the Celtics, averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 4.6 minutes of court time, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field.
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward was selected by Boston with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 draft.
This is not his first stint with Boston’s G-League affiliate.
He spent most of last season playing in China but arrived last spring to appear in two regular season games with the Red Claws in which he averaged 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting to go with 10 rebounds per game.
The decision to send him to the G-League speaks to where his development is at the moment. While he has shown glimpses of being able to help the Celtics sooner rather than later, there are just too many game-ready players ahead of him on the depth chart who are more capable of contributing at this moment.
He produced 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting and 10.0 rebounds in two games with the Red Claws last season, before appearing in all five of the team’s postseason games.
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