Stephane Lasme, the last player cut from the Boston Celtics 15-man roster, will play for the Maine Red Claws–the Boston Celtics NBDL affiliate– this season, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.
Lasme surprised Celtics fans and the Boston Celtics organization, especially coach Doc Rivers, with his play during training camp and the preseason. When the Celtics originally invited Lasme to camp, Rivers admitted that he knew next to nothing about Lasme and it seemed that Lasme had no chance of making the team. Yet, despite the odds, Lasme outlasted another former Umass Minuteman, Tony Gaffney, and, just a few days ago, Rivers said Lasme had an “excellent chance” of making the team. If Von Wafer hadn’t broken out of a prolonged shooting slump over the last three preseason games, Lasme would have likely secured the 15th spot on the Celtics roster.
Lasme is an undersized power forward who can also play some at the small forward position. Lasme is a poor ball-handler and shooter, but he makes up for his skill deficiencies with superior athleticism, defensive ability, court smarts, and hard work.
Lasme could have secured a more lucrative spot overseas, but he must stay in the United States to comply with residency requirements.
Lasme’s partnership with the Maine Red Claws should benefit both Lasme and the Boston Celtics. The partnership allows Lasme to fulfill his residency requirements while living close to his wife and daughter. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics, always concerned with injuries to their high-mileage veterans, have a player they trust who they can call up at the first sign of injury.
With the way the injuries have piled up so far in the preseason, it won’t be long before Lasme suits up for the Boston Celtics once again.