By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON — Getting the band back together was exactly what the Boston Celtics had in mind when they re-signed most of their free agents from last season.
A similar scenario might be playing out for the players waived by Boston on Thursday - former UMass star Stephane Lasme, Mario West and Keith "Tiny" Gallon - as all may wind up playing for the Celtics' D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
Lasme's agent, Andy Miller, told CSNNE.com that his client -- barring an NBA team signing him, which seems highly unlikely -- will sign with the Red Claws. West played for the Red Claws briefly last season, and they still own his rights.
As for Gallon, he told CSNNE.com following Boston's 107-92 win over New Jersey that he was open to the idea of playing for the Red Claws as well.
"I just want to go somewhere and play," said Gallon, who recently fired his agent. "I'm not tripping about where."
A new rule that took effect this season allows the NBA's Development League teams the option of picking up as many as three players total from their respective NBA affiliates (Boston and Charlotte) after those players are waived prior to the opening day roster.
However, there's a catch.
Players who are waived and agree to sign with the respective NBA team's D-League affiliate, are paid a D-League salary, which is significantly less money than they would make in the NBA or overseas.
However, it does allow for a waived player who made a strong impression - but not strong enough to warrant a spot on the 15-man roster - an opportunity to stick with the parent club and eventually be called up.
This appears to be the case with Lasme, who was beaten out for the C's 15th roster spot by Von Wafer.
"I feel pretty confident about myself," Lasme said following Wednesday's win over the Nets. "I talked to a couple of the vets. They reassured me that I deserve to be in the league, that I'm an NBA player."
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