|Five things to know about Delonte West’s return to Boston||09.01.10 at 11:57 pm ET|
On Wednesday, the Celtics signed free agent guard Delonte West. It has been three years since West left Boston, and the 27-year-old has taken a long journey — both professional and personal — to get back. Here are five things to know about West’s return to the Celtics:
1. This Isn’t His First Time Around: The Celtics drafted West with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. West was in the same rookie class as Al Jefferson (18th pick) and Tony Allen (25th pick). He played his first three seasons in Boston, averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. During that time, West made his mark with his aggressive play and hustle on the court. However, he was traded to the SuperSonics in 2007 as part of the Ray Allen trade.
2. Short-Lived in Seattle: West’s time on the SuperSonics is now a blip in his six-year career, but it was a stop that eventually led him to title contention. West played in 35 games for the SuperSonics (30 off the bench) and averaged 6.8 points in 20.8 minutes.
Just minutes before the 2008 trade deadline, West was sent to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal. He didn’t spend much time in Seattle but, as the video shows, it was enough for him to leave his mark on his teammates.
3. Championship Hunting in Cleveland: West jumped right into the Cavs system and started the remainder of the 2007-08 season. That year the Cavaliers reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals before being eliminated by the Celtics in Game 7. West averaged 10.8 points in his first postseason appearance since 2005.
He started every game he played the following season and posted nearly 14 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field during the Cavs playoff run. Last season West came off the bench, contributing 8.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
During this time, West played alongside Shaquille O’Neal. He proved his versatility as a reserve, a role the Celtics will look for him to fill, while gaining valuable postseason experience.
West was traded from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves this summer, before being waived by the T-Wolves.
4. Troubles Along the Way: West’s time with the Cavs wasn’t seamless, though. Last September, he was arrested on weapons charges after being pulled over for speeding in Maryland. He recently pled guilty to the charges and will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season.
West also struggled with what has been described as a “mood disorder” and missed part of the 2008 preseason to seek help.
5. A Fan Favorite Returns: In spite of his off-the-court issues — and the fact that he was a postseason foe — West remains a fan favorite in Boston. The impact of his quirky personality has lingered since the 2007 trade, and his on-camera comedy is still a must-see by Celtics faithful.
|C’s bring back Delonte||at 4:21 pm ET|
The Celtics have finished off their roster with a nod to their past by reaching agreement with free agent guard Delonte West, the team announced.
West played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 12.2 points in 2006-07, his final season with the team. He was then traded to Seattle in a draft-day deal that yielded Ray Allen and Glen Davis. West was subsequently moved to Cleveland in a mid-season deal where he spent the next two and a half seasons.
In 2008-09, West started 64 games with the Cavs, but he was involved in an incident just prior to the start of last season where he was arrested on weapons charges during a traffic stop. West, who has said that he suffers from bi-polar disorder, pleaded guilty in July to weapons charges and was sentenced to eight-month home detention, probation and psychological counseling. The terms of the sentence allow him to travel for away games.
In August the NBA announced that he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the upcoming season.
On the court, this has a chance to a solid fit for the Celtics. While visions of Portland’s Rudy Fernandez may have danced through fans heads, West offers a versatile guard who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. West is also a decent shooter, although his 3-point percentage took a tumble to 32 percent last season.
With West’s arrival the Celtics now have 15 players under contract and two more on non-guaranteed deals, meaning that the roster is essentially set barring a trade. The key thing to note is the flexibility players like West, Von Wafer and Marquis Daniels offer. This is how it looks:
PG: Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley, Oliver Lafayette (non-guaranteed)
SG: Ray Allen, Delonte West, Von Wafer
SF: Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels, Luke Harangody
PF: Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, Tony Gaffney (non-guaranteed)
C: Kendrick Perkins, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden
|Delonte West gets 10-game suspension for gun incident||08.20.10 at 4:18 pm ET|
Guard Delonte West has been suspended without pay for ten games for pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in violation of the law of the State of Maryland, the NBA announced today. West, who played last season for the Cavaliers, is currently a free agent. If West — who played with the Celtics from 2004 through 2007 — signs a contract to play again in the NBA, West’s suspension will begin with the first game of the NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.
|Rondo helping Hudson improve defense||11.21.09 at 3:33 pm ET|
The two point guards were in the midst of an intense post-practice drill and neither wanted to stop. Rondo drove, pulled up for shots, and tried to shake Hudson on the way to the basket. Hudson buckled down and tried to stay one step ahead of him.
“I just play defense and he’s on offense the whole time,” Hudson explained.
The drill, while competitive, was friendly in nature — “Me and Lester are pretty close. I like Les,” said Rondo. They decided some extra practice time would help Hudson improve on defense and Rondo was happy to help him out.
“[I've learned] you’ve got to be ready,” said Hudson. “There are multiple pick-and-rolls in practice. Just he’s very quick so he’s going to help me out guarding quicker guards in the NBA, so hopefully I can get my defense right.”
Rondo participated in similar drills as a rookie against Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West and knows the benefits of additional time on the court. It is especially valuable for Hudson, who has clocked just 37 minutes so far in his first season.
“He can play D, he’s long, he’s athletic, he’s quick,” Rondo said of Hudson. “He’s going to be a great player in the league one day. He’s young, he’s just trying to learn the way and try to find his way on the team.”
Hudson also learned about Rondo’s game as well. Rondo is shooting 55.9% from the field this season, the second best percentage among all guards behind Chris Paul, but his offense has been criticized in the past.
“He can shoot better than I thought he could. He’s very quick, so it helps me on my defense. I’m trying to get my defense up,” Hudson said. “He can shoot from the three. In one-on-ones he’s been hitting, so I think he can shoot it. He just has to shoot the ball.”
Neither player keeps score in this drill. It just comes down to shots and stops.
Said Hudson, “We just go til we say we’re done.”
|West ‘doubtful’ for tonight vs. Celtics||10.27.09 at 12:58 pm ET|
CLEVELAND – Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said Tuesday that troubled shooting guard Delonte West is ‘doubtful’ for tonight’s season opener against the Celtics after he got into an alleged domestic dispute with his newlywed wife over the weekend in Cleveland.
A Cleveland TV station first reported that the former Celtic and his wife got into an argument at their apartment prior to a domestic violence report being filed at Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport.
This latest troubling news comes just a month after he was arrested for carrying three loaded guns on his motorcycle.
“Right now, we have a support system for him off the floor,” said Brown, who is conferring with general manager Danny Ferry. “I’m just waiting for them to give the okay. When Danny [Ferry] tells me he can play, he’ll play.”
|Former Celtic West arrested on weapons charges||09.18.09 at 3:39 pm ET|
Former Boston Celtics guard Delonte West was arrested Thursday night in Maryland for weapons possession, according to the Plain Dealer Reporter:
“According to the police report, West was charged with at least two counts of handgun on person, and for driving the vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed. He was pulled over on his motorcycle in Upper Marlboro, Md. on I-495.
WUSA, a television station in Washington D.C., reported that West was pulled over at 10 p.m. Thursday for making an unsafe lane change on his motorcycle. The station reported that police said West had two handguns and a shotgun in his possession and was arrested.“
The Plain Dealer reported West was released and is scheduled for a court appearance on November 20.
West was drafted by the Celtics with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics as part of the Ray Allen deal before being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last season he averaged 11.7 points and 3.5 assists for the Cavs.
|Best of Delonte West||03.06.09 at 1:19 am ET|
LeBron James steals the spotlight on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but former Boston Celtic Delonte West doesn’t shy away from the camera either. Here is a look at some of West’s most memorable moments upon his return to Boston for Friday’s Celtics-Cavaliers game.
Delonte Chats with Paul Pierce: Denzel Washington and Prudential Center Specials
Celtics Promo: Childhood dreams and wire hangers
Dime Magazine Photo Shoot: Tattoos and a lifelong sense of style
And who can forget his ESPN Page 2 Valentine’s Day interview: Popeye’s, yachts, and “Rico Suave-ing it”