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Delonte West to sign with the Celtics, bolster Boston's already impressive bench

Sep 1, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Delonte West.jpgDelonte West, like a lot of other late free agent signings, comes with a few red flags. For starters, he’ll be inactive for the first 10 games of the season, as a consequence for pleading guilty to weapons charges last month. Go a bit deeper, and there are some understandable concerns about West that have no doubt thrown plenty of NBA teams off the scent of an otherwise solid player.

Saying that West is “troubled” may not be fair, but bringing him on does introduce a slight element of worry that some teams would apparently rather not deal with. There just aren’t all that many other ways to read West’s situation; why else would a slightly below-average player (in terms of PER, at least) and contributor on a championship-level squad still be around this late in the off-season?

Well, West is available no more. According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics will take the plunge, bringing West back to the city where he started his NBA career. West actually found a fair bit of success in his first tour through Boston, but was sent to Seattle as a part of the Ray Allen deal in the summer of 2007.

The move makes Boston one of the deeper teams in the East, after years of running a relatively shallow reserve unit. One of the O’Neals — either Shaquille or Jermaine — will start the season on the pine, and Kendrick Perkins will likely join in upon returning from injury. Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, and Marquis Daniels will return from last season’s squad. Boston signed scoring dynamo Von Wafer, and picked up rookies Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, and Semih Erden, who are all capable of playing spot NBA minutes immediately. With West also in the fold, that’s a hell of a bench.

Amassing that kind of depth is the best way for Boston to take the regular season seriously — which they certainly didn’t do last year — while still keeping their legs for the playoffs. Previously, that would have meant leaning on players like Shelden Williams, Michael Finley, and J.R. Giddens. Now the Celtics can do better, due to an active off-season filled with value moves. West won’t cost Boston much, but he can provide scoring and a bit of playmaking from either guard spot, while offering Doc Rivers a versatile backcourt alternative.

  1. dball - Sep 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Isn’t this the guy who was “cozy” with Lebron’s mom? Maybe he can cook up with Danny Ainge’s granny.

  2. J. McCann - Sep 1, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Lock up your moms yo!

  3. Michael Warren - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Congratulations to Delonte West. This has been a tough summer for him. Hopefully he can come in and provide some scoring punch and defensive intensity. He has a great character and is young and talented. I think the Boston Celtics will take him under their wings and keep him from trouble. I wish you well D.West.

  4. Ricci Smiles - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    YEAH.. great character… gun charges.. potentially with Lebron’s mom.. ROFL.. THATS SOME GRANT HILL STYLE CHARACTER RIGHT??
    NOT..
    But leaving jest behind, THE CELTICS HAVE A TON OF PLAYERS!!!

  5. cowboyconservative1960 - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Yeah Baby!!! Go Celts!!

  6. LogicMan - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Good signing. Little amount of risk against possible returns. With the right medication and therapy he could control his Bipolar condition and be a good contributor.

  7. I_will_take_my_sandwich_to_south_BH - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    That would make an interesting sub plot in play offs… miami vs celtics… reminds me of a really abd movie… mr woodcock… tyler perry are u taking a note?

  8. Joel castaneda - Sep 1, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    I think they did it just because they play the Heat opening game and want to get inside LeBrons head…just a thought

  9. Deywalker - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    It’s going to be weird seeing Mama James wearing that green Delonte jersey.

  10. Cannon510 - Sep 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    The problem is Doc doesn’t trust his bench. If he played his bench a little bit more in Game 7, they wouldn’t have lost the lead in the 4th quarter. But, Boston was gassed. Overplaying the starters was the same mistake that Phil Jackson did in Game 5.

  11. hangtime - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    hate is such a misguided word dude! so the celtics are loading up with a few ex all stars, strong support pieces and shaq’s big mouth is still firing on all cylinders yet you’re talking about lebron’s karma! as a so-called laker fan, doesn’t it make you cringe that shaq will be wearing the celtics green? you’re not a laker fan but a kobe nuthugger!!!

  12. SunTzu - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    This is the most underhanded classless move I have ever seen. You’d think the NBA would be above such a pitty move such as this but I guess the MIA Heat are really THAT much of a threat … these people aren’t taking their move so lightly. So its safe to speculate that the league now revolves around the MIA Heat. Sad but cool. GO HEAT

  13. Sguy2130 - Sep 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Delonte is a very good player when his mind is in the right place. As a Cavs fan I will miss him. He played very well against the Magic in the 08 ECF. He was also a big part of the 66 wins that year (other than Lebron of course). Last year it seemed to be hit or miss with him on any given night. Good luck Celtics, anyone but Miami sounds good to me.

  14. Beantown - Sep 4, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    HEY CELTICS FANS do we do the ” Who’s your Daddy? ” chant when he is on the floor vs. Lebron James??

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