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10 Years of Ainge: Bringing Delonte West back for a second go

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM

West was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. West was apart of the package that brought Ray Allen over from Seattle. West's tenure with the Sonics didn't last long. He was shipped off to Cleveland, and he was a key player in their quest for a title. After James left Cleveland in 2010, the team was rebuilding, so it was time for West to find a new home, and what better home then his first NBA team.

On September 1, 2010, the Boston Celtics signed West to a one-year contract. West was suspended for the first ten games of the 2010–11 season following a guilty plea to weapons charges in Maryland. For his 2010–11 season, West finished with 5.6 points per game, 0.8 steals per game, and 2.7 assists per game. He also shot .867 from the free throw line. West wasn't the player that we the fans had expected, and he wasn't the player that Ainge and the C's expected.

West was brought in to add to a very deep Celtics team in their quest for banner 18, after the C's saw that chance fall apart in game seven in LA against the Lakers in 2010. This move showed a lot in Danny's character. He wasn't a GM, and still isn't a GM who isn't afraid of taking chances. It also showed that Danny gives second chances. I think West may have been a Celtic in the 2011-12 season if his lockout antics didn't show up in headlines. West has shown he's still very unstable, and a recent story has West looking for a new team in the NBA at age 29. I wish him the best of luck in his quest for happiness.

West is hoping to get one more chance and told Tzvi Twersky at SLAM he’s the kind of guard off the bench who could put a team over the top.

“I had tears in my eyes watching games this past year—not because I’m bipolar, but because I’m sitting at home and miss the game” West says. “When my agent calls, I’m going to be on the next flight. Not to be cocky, but some teams that are trying to win are one guard away, one guy that can make a couple great plays away from going to the Finals.

“Well, I’m right here,” he continues. “Y’all know it and I know it.”

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Reply paul
2:21 PM on July 23, 2013 
So he thinks he's a championship difference...
Reply rcraig617
2:32 PM on July 23, 2013 
That series we lost to miami in 2010 west played good for rondo once rondo was injured and west has always been a player that can make bigshots. If he was on a team like san antonio and could've taken joseph's minutes he could've helped them beat miami or even indiana for dj augustin who had a bad series for them vs miami also. It all comes down to if he's on his game though.
Reply paul
6:27 PM on July 23, 2013 
No doubt he can be a good player - he's another example of Danny's brilliant low drafting, but for him to portray himself as the 'championship difference' is delusional nonsense, I fear...
Reply Celticslifer
1:06 AM on July 24, 2013 
paul says...
No doubt he can be a good player - he's another example of Danny's brilliant low drafting, but for him to portray himself as the 'championship difference' is delusional nonsense, I fear...

I think your right, but he could be like what rcraig said. If he's able to get back to some kind of consistency play. But I belive he's a long ways from helping. Big risk bringing him in. Maybe he can help the Thunder with Martin leaving.