Hoping to find Von Wafer a basketball home for the coming season, Wafer’s agent made “insistent” overtures to the Spanish team Real Madrid. (via WEEI)
Instead, the team signed Jaycee Carroll, who starred alongside Luke Harangody for the Celtics summer league entry last year, and Martynas Pocius, who I despised when he played for my beloved Duke Blue Devils.
Wafer did not find a suitor in Real Madrid, but he is obviously looking to find an overseas home. Earlier today, FIBA ruled to allow any NBA players to play overseas until the lockout ends. Because of Wafer’s status as a free agent, he would have been able to seek overseas employment regardless of FIBA’s ruling.
The last time Wafer played overseas, his 2009 tenure on the Greek team Olympiakos ended in a sea of flames. The team waived Wafer midseason and head coach Panagiotis Giannakis did not send any praise Wafer’s way.
“He had a playing philosophy that didn’t allow him to make the adjustments needed,” the coach said. “If somebody is not eager to try to change himself, then it is better for him and the club to part ways.”
Theoretically, Wafer might have learned how to become a professional under the tutelage of Doc Rivers and Boston’s veterans. Then again, maybe not.
Even if Wafer decides not to travel overseas for next season, the Celtics might remain uninterested when the lockout ceases. Though Wafer improved in bits and pieces last season, he never quite found the map leading him to Boston’s rotation. If he does leave, I doubt I will shed a tear.