Ainge, Celtics Want Brooks To ‘Stay Ready’ While In Maine

BOSTON (CBS) – The Celtics assigned guard MarShon Brooks to the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he doesn’t think Brooks will be there for too long.

“We just want him to stay ready, Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday. “He won’t be there long. He’ll be with the team most of the time, but we want him to go down and get reps and stay ready for when the opportunity may come for him.”

The 24-year-old Brooks, who Boston acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in their offseason blockbuster involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, has played in just nine games this season, buried on the Boston depth chart.

“Avery [Bradley] is having a terrific year and Courtney [Lee] is having a very good year also,” Ainge noted. “[Brooks] hasn’t gotten the opportunity to play in games that we would have liked to have seen.”

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Brooks is averaging just 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game this season, and his stint with the Red Claws will likely give him a chance to see more than the 6.7 minutes per game he was averaging with Boston. He played in just three games in the month of December, so the third-year guard will probably take the reps any way he can.

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