Celtics recall Melo from D-League

January, 2, 2013
The Boston Celtics recalled Fab Melo from the Maine Red Claws of the D-League on Wednesday.

The move is likely procedural as Melo sustained a mild concussion and sat out Maine's last game on Monday. In order to be treated by the team's training staff, Melo must be formally recalled to the parent club.

In need of big-man depth after Chris Wilcox suffered a thumb injury last month, the team elected to sign Jarvis Varnado out of the D-League. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has said he doesn't want to stunt Melo's development by bringing him up too soon.

Melo, a 7-foot center tabbed with the 22nd pick in June's draft, has appeared in 12 games for the Red Claws this season and is averaging 10.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Melo came on strong at the end of December, posting a triple-double against Erie with 15 points, 16 rebounds and a D-League record 14 blocks on Dec. 22. He followed that up with a 32-point, 9-rebound, 9-block effort against Idaho.

The Celtics recalled Melo in December to treat him for a quadriceps issue. He was quickly returned to Maine.

Update: Melo later confirmed the reason for his call-up via Twitter:

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9