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Fab Melo
Fab Melo
Position: None
Born: 06/20/90
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Melo has a different outlook this time around. Unlike in college when he had to persuade teams he could play in the NBA, now he has to prove he belongs in it. Melo has adjusted his mindset and considers learning how to be professional as his biggest lesson since being drafted. “I’m more mature,” he said. “I’m more mature as a person and as a player.” In spite of the ups and downs, Melo has maintained a positive attitude on his basketball journey. He says it hasn’t been hard for him to soak in the lessons along the way. “Not for me,” he said. “I’m a cool guy. I try to enjoy everything that I do, and even if everything goes wrong, you just try to learn from it.”
Melo went back to his native Brazil and in April inked a deal with Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rico. According to Melo, an issue with his visa prevented him from playing there. This spring, Melo returned to Bradenton, FL, to train at the famed IMG Academy. His sights are set on an NBA comeback. Melo believes he has the potential to play in the league again and has been working on the areas that he thinks could land him a roster spot. He says his basketball IQ has increased over the years, sparked by the time he played in the D-League, which helped him gain a better understanding of the game. Melo also has seen improvements in his offense. “I need to be able to run open on the court, that’s one thing I need to do,” he said. “I’ve been working on my defense so that’s the thing that I think will keep me in the league.”
As reported earlier today by ESPN’s Marc Stein, but reported here at DleagueDigest.com first (that Fab Melo was entering the NBADL), here is the complete breakdown of a four-team deal that includes Fab Melo, Tyler Brown, Daniel Orton, Mustafa Shakur and Sean Singletary. Texas Legends get Fab Melo’s NBADL rights (claimed by Maine). Maine Red Claws receive Tyler Brown (claimed by Texas), and Daniel Orton (from Tulsa). Tulsa 66ers get Mustafa Shakur (from Erie BayHawks). Erie BayHawks receive Sean Singletary (from Texas Legends).
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Q: With the Grizzlies waiving Fab Melo, should the Heat consider giving him a chance to earn a roster spot? I read reports last year that he would have been Miami’s pick in the draft had he not been selected by the Celtics. — Rudy, Miami. A: If most-recent impressions factor in, then I would consider it a longshot, based on how the former Sagemont standout looked in front of the Heat staff at the Orlando summer league while playing for the Celtics. The Syracuse product remains a raw presence likely destined for more time in the D-League. If the Heat are able to offload Joel Anthony’s contract, then it might be possible Melo could be brought in to compete with Jarvis Varnado, but such a spot might not even exist with Greg Oden essentially a developmental project, as well.
With the Grizzlies waiving Fab Melo, should the Heat consider giving him a chance to earn a roster spot? I read reports last year that he would have been Miami’s pick in the draft had he not been selected by the Celtics. — Rudy, Miami. A: If most-recent impressions factor in, then I would consider it a longshot, based on how the former Sagemont standout looked in front of the Heat staff at the Orlando summer league while playing for the Celtics. The Syracuse product remains a raw presence likely destined for more time in the D-League. If the Heat are able to offload Joel Anthony’s contract, then it might be possible Melo could be brought in to compete with Jarvis Varnado, but such a spot might not even exist with Greg Oden essentially a developmental project, as well.
Center Fab Melo – the 22nd pick in the 2012 NBA draft – cleared waivers on Sunday and became a free agent, a league source told Yahoo Sports. The failure of any team to claim the 7-footer and absorb the $1.3 million owed him in 2013-14 reflects how far his standing has dropped within league front offices. The Memphis Grizzlies released Melo on Friday, two weeks after acquiring him in a deal with the Boston Celtics.
Even though Fab Melo was far from being able to contribute last year, Doc Rivers, who had more pressing concerns trying to keep a banged-up team together, wasn’t big on his potential either in public or private. “I was a rookie. He didn’t usually give opportunities to rookies,” said Melo as he prepared for today’s summer league opener. “That’s all I think it was. It was hard. We didn’t have a lot of practices, so it was hard to show him anything. That was a problem. I definitely look at this as a fresh start. I’m ready for it. I feel a lot different. Last year I didn’t know what to expect; this year I know what’s going on. It’s different. I’m way more comfortable now.”
The blockbuster trade that is now in place between the Celtics and Nets could translate into significant opportunity for younger players. With that in mind, the Celtics hurriedly assembled their team for the Orlando Summer League, which begins on July 7. In addition to last year’s rookie center, Fab Melo, 2013 first round pick Kelly Olynyk, and second rounder Colton Iverson, a seven-footer from Colorado State, the Celtics have signed Missouri point guard Phil Pressey to a free agent contract. The team will only have a short time with Iverson, who reportedly plans to play in Europe next year, though the Celtics hold his rights.
The Celtics will have one summer league entry this Year as opposed to the two teams last year they carried. Boston will play in the Orlando Summer League team but will not feature that Bradley or Jared Sullinger. Sullinger is recovering from back surgery as expected. Bradley, who has missed the past two summers with injuries, is being held out to get rest. Fab Melo and the Celtics’ first-round pick will be the featured players.
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Celtics rookie Fab Melo suffered a concussion last weekend after bumping his head on the doorway in his Sioux Falls hotel room while the Maine Red Claws (Melo’s NBA Development League assignment) were in South Dakota for back-to-back games against the Skyforce. Melo was seen by the Red Claws medical staff and did not play in the team’s Monday afternoon game. On Wednesday, the Celtics recalled him to be evaluated by team doctors that night.
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Still, the Celtics are willing to take the gamble, according to another league source, and embrace the challenge of keeping Cousins on the right path. But if Petrie can’t add any payroll, it’s hard to see a scenario with Boston that would be enticing for the Kings, unless they’re enamored with rookies Jared Sullinger or Fab Melo as centerpieces of a deal.