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Saturday, December 26, 2009
Hudson reassigned to Red Claws

By Chris Forsberg

The Celtics reassigned rookie guard Lester Hudson to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League Saturday.

Hudson appeared in last Sunday's win over the Timberwolves, his only appearance after rejoining the Celtics that same day, scoring four points in a little more than three minutes of action.

A 6-foot-3 guard out of the University of Tennessee-Martin, Hudson has 15 points in 14 appearances with the Celtics this season. He played three games with the Red Claws earlier this month, averaging 16.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.

"I think playing helps, obviously, it has to help some," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said when describing why Hudson was originally optioned down. "It's better than not playing."

Hudson had rejoined the Celtics to add a healthy body last week, but with the return of Glen Davis Friday, Boston had the luxury of reassigning Hudson.

On the surface, it also appears to be an indication that the Celtics are comfortable with the depth and health of their squad, even as Kevin Garnett nurses multiple injuries (right thigh, head, knee) and Paul Pierce is sidelined after minor knee surgery.

Even with a lack of space on the 12-man active roster, it would seem the Celtics would have taken Hudson on their three-game trip out West if they were concerned about being shorthanded at any point.