(“He said ‘Take this Mr. Smith.’ Yow, in your face.”)
The Celtics are in the market for another long-range shooter. Delonte West is a long-range shooter. Now, he’s also on the market. West has already been rumored as a possible target for the Celtics.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has waived guard Delonte West. West was acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Sebastian Telfair in exchange for Ryan Hollins and Ramon Sessions on July 26.
Some people might not want to hear it, but Delonte West is a better basketball player than Rudy Fernandez. (Why don’t people want to hear it? Offseason beer goggles have made Rudy a type of cult figure in Boston. In the eyes of the best NBA fans in the universe, Rudy might as well be First Team All-NBA.) But West plays defense, accepts his role off the bench and can create his own shot. Three things Fernandez might as well be allergic to.
On the other hand, there’s also a whole lot of baggage. Is West worth it? Without knowing him, it’s tough to tell. All I know about his personal life is that he is bothered by depression, once carried three guns while riding a three-wheeled motorcycle and is rumored to have slept with the mother of the most famous (and now hated) player in basketball. But he also always seems to get along with his teammates and never fails to play his ass off whenever he steps on the court.
So as a player, yes. As a person, maybe not. But maybe the risks are worth the potential reward.