In an effort to stay close to his NBA dream, Damen Bell-Holter of Hydaburg, Alaska, will remain in the fold of the Boston Celtics by playing for the team's affiliate in the D-League.
The 6-foot-9 forward decided to play for the Maine Red Claws after getting cut by the Celtics a week ago after training camp and then turning down offers to play in Europe.
"It felt like a good decision and situation," he told me. "I could get call-ups with them and other [NBA] teams.
Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, is among a trio of players who will play in Maine after getting released by the Celtics after camp.
He saw action in three preseason games for Boston.
By playing in the D-League, Bell-Holter will be able to develop his skills on the pro level while learning Boston's system.
D-League players are regularly promoted to the NBA, often signing 10-day contracts to provide depth. Sometimes they stay with a team for the reminder of the season.
"I'm gonna work hard and put myself into a position to stick to a team," Bell-Holter said.
He will be the third Alaskan with ties to the D-League. Ramon Harris of Anchorage played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants during the 2011-12 season and G.J. Macon of Anchorage was drafted by the Arkansas RimRockers in 2006 but never played.