Red Claws lose coach, GM
Early Friday, the team announced that Dave Leitao, who coached the Red Claws last season, left to return to college basketball as an assistant coach with Missouri. Then, later in the day, Jon Jennings stepped down as president and general manager to concentrate on his role on the development team of The Forefront at Thompson's Point project. Jennings is largely responsible for bringing the D-League team to Portland and partnering it with the Boston Celtics as an affiliate, along with Charlotte and Philadelphia. Co-owner and chairman Bill Ryan Jr. will assume Jennings' role as team president. He said Friday night that the Red Claws are, and will be, in good shape. "Thankfully the season doesn't start until November," he said. "All I can say is that there will be more information forthcoming in the next week or so... We'll be fine on basketball operations."
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What does this mean for Boston? Not a whole lot. The Celtics did not send any of their young players to Maine this past season, electing to keep the rookies around the team during the condensed campaign. With the potential to add more youth this offseason (Boston currently has three draft picks), there's a solid chance the Celtics could utilize the D-League again for the 2012-13 campaign, but it's unlikely the day-to-day operations of the Red Claws would impact that decision.
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