For a while now, a lot of people have envisioned the D-League becoming to the NBA what minor league baseball has been for Major League Baseball. It would be a place to develop young talent and possibly even put players for rehab assignments when they're coming back from injuries. We've seen just a few instances of this happen, mostly because not every team owns their own team and it's just not the typical practice.

The Boston Celtics may consider doing this with the return process of Rajon Rondo coming back from his ACL tear. Coach Brad Stevens told the media that Rondo spending time with the Maine Red Claws to get some game action is a possibility and something the organization has discussed.

The Celtics are the only NBA team affiliated with the Red Claws, meaning they could set up all of the sets and schemes in a D-League game that Rondo would be running when he gets back to Boston to play. Back in 2012, the Celtics entered hybrid affiliation with the Red Claws, giving them exclusivity when dealing with the club