The Celtics have been seeking a tough-minded defender to replace Tony Allen, now that he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. And according to a source, their interest could spread to former Celtic Delonte West, who is expected to be waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves after the club acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday.
How thin is the free agent crop that Danny Ainge is considering Delonte West? Granted, we only have the veteran minimum to utilize, but you’d think Ainge could find a reliable back up shooting guard who didn’t have such serious red flags. I used to be West’s biggest fan, but when you ride your motorcycle while carrying three loaded shotguns– one strapped to your leg and another in a guitar case– you’re not playing around. You plan on killing somebody.
Let’s take a look at the available free agent shooting guards to see if we can’t find a better option:
Gerald Green, Trenton Hassell, Fred Jones, Kareem Rush, Wally Szcerbiak, Von Wafer, Mario West, James White, Roger Mason Jr..
Admittedly, not an an All-star group of players, however, Kareem Rush, Von Wafer, and Roger Mason Jr. are all talented shooters who would fill a role off the bench. It seems Mason is looking for more than the veteran’s minimum, but Rush or Wafer could probably be had at that price. Hell, I’d take a lot of those guys as long as I didn’t have to worry about Delonte West sleeping with Ray Allen’s mom or going on a killing spree.