Boston Celtics rookie guard Romeo Langford has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League.
The former New Albany star and Indiana standout, was sent down Monday — five days after making his NBA debut.
Langford played the final 14.4 seconds of the Celtics’ come-from-behind 116-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30. Langford, as it turned out, helped the Celtics prepare for that game by imitating Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo in practice.
“I thought it was his best day,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said of Langford in that practice. “And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it was the day with the most reps. I just think he needs reps.”
That appears to be one of the major reasons why Langford, who has been hampered by injuries in his time with the Celtics, was sent to the Red Claws. He missed all of the NBA Summer League while recovering from surgery on his shooting hand, then sat out the first three games of the regular season due to a knee injury he suffered in a preseason game.
Langford, who averaged 10.6 minutes, one point and 2.5 rebounds in two preseason games, is also behind wing players Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye in the C's rotation.
“I think the biggest thing was we were just weighing, is it better to go practice for a full week [and] get ready to play? Or is it better to be available for really, really spotty minutes?” Stevens said Monday, according to celtics.com. “And it just makes sense [to send him to Maine] based on the amount of time he missed early on. And then the knee thing happening and then he missed more time. So we just need him to get as many reps as possible."
The Red Claws open their season at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Delaware Blue Coats. They host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Indiana Pacers' affiliate, on Friday, Nov. 15.
“We think he could really help us," Steven said. "And I think this is the first step to doing that.”