PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley played only nine games as a member of the Maine Red Claws, but his brief stay in the Pine Tree State is lasting in the memory of fans and his best friend.
Red Claws rookie guard Abdul Gaddy, who grew up with Bradley, was his high school and AAU teammate as well as the Godfather to his son, is a call-up away from being teammates with his childhood friend again.
The 21-year old has dealt with adversity since he was one of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2009. On top a knee injury, he never fulfilled the lofty expectations at the University of Washington. His coach Lorenzo Romar likened the 6'3", 185 point guard to Magic Johnson.
Gaddy went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, but was invited to Charlotte Bobcats training camp, before ultimately being cut. The Red Claws acquired him from the Iowa Energy after being selected in the second round (27th overall) in the NBA Development League Draft.
He averaged 5 points and 6.5 assists per game in the Red Claws two opening wins of the season.
Seven Red Claws have gone on to sign NBA contracts. None have yet to be called up to the Celtics.