Last I’d heard about Michael Sweetney, ShamSports reported that he signed in China after failing to earn a roster spot with the Boston Celtics this preseason (I’m fairly certain that the above video shows everything Sweetney did with Boston, so you can be the judge if that was deserved or not). I assumed this would be the last anyone in America would ever hear from the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.I was wrong.
Sources close to the situation have told Ridiculous Upside that Sweetney will join the NBA Development League and is expected to clear waivers at noon today.
Ridiculous Upside continued to speculate that Sweetney might be headed to the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics’ D-League affiliate. It would only make sense, RU explained, after Doc Rivers became enamored with the BIG man during his time with Boston this preseason. Maine also has the “first crack at picking him up” off the waiver wire, and would be able to keep close track of Sweetney’s progression.
However, sources tell Celtics Town that Maine is content with its current big men, including former Michigan St. Spartan Paul Davis. There are not likely to be many, if any, further roster changes in Maine this season.
Even as the C’s affiliate, the Red Claws organization operates as its own entity, so Boston won’t have the final say in whether to stash Sweetney in Maine.