Monday, November 01, 2010

Red Claws Draft Party Tonight

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Paul Harris and Keith “Tiny” Gallon are expected to attend tonight’s fan celebration for the 2010 NBA Development League Draft at Binga’s Stadium. Binga’s Smokehouse and Sports Bar is located at 77 Free Street in Portland, just behind the Cumberland County Civic Center. The draft party will feature specials on Red Claws Ale and food. In addition, Red Claws season ticket holders will have access to a private room where they will be among the first to learn the Red Claws draft selections and will also be able to pick up their 2010-11 tickets. The party will begin at 6:30 PM, the draft at 7 PM.

The Red Claws 2009 first round draft selection, Paul Harris returns to the Red Claws following an ankle injury that sidelined him for all of 2009-10. The 6-5, 220 lb. forward out of Syracuse University is entering his first season as a pro.

Keith “Tiny” Gallon was acquired by the Red Claws as an affiliate player from the Boston Celtics. Gallon, a 6-9, 320 lb. forward from the University of Oklahoma, was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft and attended training camp with Milwaukee and the Boston Celtics.

Tonight’s NBA D-League Draft will feature more than 140 prospects, many of whom will have recently competed in NBA training camps and summer leagues. The draft offers NBA D-League teams the opportunity to build their rosters from the pool of promising players.

The Red Claws will select third in tonight’s draft. In addition to the 3rd overall pick, Maine will also select 30th, 35th, 62nd, 67th, 94th, 99th, and 126th overall in the 128-player draft. The Red Claws may invite up to training camp up to 17 players selected from the NBA D-League Draft, local tryouts, returning players, and affiliate picks. Under a new rule enacted this season, D-league teams will be allowed to allocate up to three players who did not make their NBA affiliate(s), allowing players who attended the Celtics’ or Bobcats’ training camp to sign into the D-League and join the Red Claws. Affiliate players must be free agents whose rights are not already held by another NBA D-league team.


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