BOSTON, Massachusetts — On Thursday the Boston Celtics announced their agreement to buy the Maine Red Claws.

In a release from the Boston Celtics, the Celtics announced that the team would purchase the NBA G League's Maine Red Claws, which would make the team the Celtic's G League affiliate. 

“Over the years, the G League and the Red Claws have become increasingly important to the Celtics and our player development efforts. We look forward to deepening both our ties with basketball operations and within the community, and further bringing the Celtics experience to fans in Maine,” said Rich Gotham, Boston Celtics Team President. 

“The Celtics have been great partners with the Red Claws over the last ten seasons. We are thrilled that the Celtics will continue to build upon the success we have had in making the Red Claws an important part of the Maine community,” said Bill Ryan Jr., Maine Red Claws Chairman and Principal Owner.

“As the person who worked with Bill Ryan, Jr. to originally create the Maine Red Claws in 2009 and who worked for the Boston Celtics for 12 years, I am thrilled to know the Boston Celtics have purchased the team. It is exciting to know the Celtics have decided to fully invest in the Red Claws and be a long-term partner with the city. I am eternally grateful to the Ryan family for making the Red Claws happen, and especially want to thank Bill Ryan, Jr. for his leadership over the last 10 seasons.” said former general manager Jon Jennings.

The Maine Red Claws debuted in the 2009-2010 season in Portland, where Bill Ryan Jr. lead the ownership group. Jon Jennings stepped down as general manager in 2012.

Both teams will have no comment until the purchase is complete.