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Stephen Lasme to play for Red Claws this season

Posted by Brandon on October 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM


Lasme throws down a tomahawk jam over Andrea Bargnani in a preseason game against the Raptors.


A week or so back I did a piece on the site regarding a man by the name of Stephen Lasme. Lasme was a training camp invite with the Boston Celtics. Throughout the camp he was in a tight battle with former Houston Rocket Von Wafer before eventually getting cut last night following the Celtics final preseason game.

While most players could have and would have just took their talents overseas. It wasn't that easy for Lasme. Lasme couldn't do that. If he did, he'd lose his residency status in the United States and leave his 17 month old daugher and his wife behind.


Following the cut last night Lasme told reporters he was just going to go home and relax in order to think things out. Lasme's talents would probably fit somewhere within another NBA organization but not one with winning ways like the Boston Celtics.


Today, according to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely, Lasme's agent notified Blakely of his decision to remain in the organization and play for the Maine Red Claws this season. Because of the new NBA Development League allocation rules, Lasme would be available for a quick call-up at any point this season.


With the Celtics recent track record for injuries, there's a good chance he may see time in Boston before the season ends.


Lasme's choice to join the Red Claws is very exciting news for the Red Claws organization as well. After watching Lasme in a preseason game against Toronto, the way he plays out on the court will be welcomed by head coach Austin Ainge and the Maine fans.


Outside of Lasme's NBA-like talents being brought to Maine, there is also a chance of some other faces arriving in Maine from Celtics training camp. Former Oklahoma University big man Tiny Gallon and a familiar face, Mario West, are both eligible to join the Red Claws this season.

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