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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Walker to Red Claws

By Chris Forsbeg

The Celtics today assigned second-year forward Bill Walker to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Walker, who is working his way back after arthroscopic right knee surgery at the beginning of October, returned to practice last week and appeared in the final two minutes of a lopsided win over Utah on Nov. 11.

The Washington Wizards selected Walker in the second round (47th overall) of the 2008 draft before shipping him to Boston for cash considerations. He appeared in 29 games during his rookie season, averaging 3 points and 1 rebound per game.

Walker also spent 15 game with the Utah Flash of the NBDL last season, averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per contest.

According to the Red Claws, Walker will be in uniform for a scrimmage on Sunday (Portland) and the team's first preseason game Monday (vs. Springfield in Augusta).

For the Celtics, who are relatively healthy (Tony Allen remains sidelined with a lingering right ankle injury), it's a chance to get Walker game action and still have him in arm's reach should an emergency situation arise. For the Red Claws, it adds a known name as they launch their inaugural season.