Maine Red Claws Waive Magnum Rolle Due to Knee Injury
Rolle, the 51st pick in this year's NBA Draft, was acquired by the Red Claws with the third pick in this month's D-League Draft after performing very well for the Indiana Pacers during the Orlando Pro Summer League. In five games, Rolle averaged 13.4 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while shooting 57 percent from the field in five starts as a rookie out of Louisiana Tech.
The Bahamian's performance in Orlando earned him a spot with the Pacers this preseason, but unfortunately became a victim of circumstance as Indiana decided that it simply couldn't eat Solomon Jones guaranteed contract and therefore had no decision but to waive Rolle's non-guaranteed deal.
Rolle, along with Stephane Lasme (who was the last cut of the Red Claws NBA-affiliate Boston Celtics), is the second NBA call-up candidate that Maine has had to waive this season due to injury. Unfortunately, for both the Red Claws and Rolle, this is just another setback in a series of injury woes for the Red Claws since they began playing as an expansion team last season. Fortunately, they have been able to replace the two with DeShawn Sims -- acquired earlier this week -- and now Houston Rockets camp invitee Jordan Eglseder.
"Magnum has quickly become a fan favorite in his short time in Maine, and we know Red Claws fans wish him well and look forward to his return." Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said in a statement. "We are pleased to welcome Jordan to our team. He is a very skilled player and gives us needed size due to all of our injuries."
In the Red Claws' first two games, Rolle averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds 3.5 blocks and two steals. While these numbers certainly aren't outstanding, it does show that Rolle would eventually be able to fill up a box score once more familiar with his role in coach Austin Ainge's system.
The Red Claws retain Rolle's rights so, once healthy, he will almost certainly return to the team.