Delonte West is about to sign with the Boston Celtics for the 2010-11 NBA season. By signing West, the Celtics will improve their depth and add a guard who can play great defense off the bench. It was thought that West would eventually sign with another team, but there was only limited buzz surrounding him after he was cut by the Minnesota Timberwolves back at the beginning of August. That was shortly after he was traded there by the Cleveland Cavaliers, after the franchise got frustrated with his off-court issues and decided it was time to part ways.
Hopefully the result here is that West gets it together, especially with the realization that he could be cut if it doesn’t work out with a team now. West didn’t get a guaranteed contract when he last signed with the Cavaliers, making it an intriguing option for West to acquire him by trading away another salaried player. Then, by cutting West, the Wolves went further under the salary cap, apparently setting themselves up to make a run at someone in the free-agent market next year. There have been rumors linked between the Wolves and Carmelo Anthony, but that’s another topic in itself.
Adding West is definitely a good move for Boston, because it gives them more depth off the bench on a roster that will be applying for Social Security soon. If Doc Rivers has more assets to work with in the 2010-11 season, he can rest Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett for longer stretches during games. That would save their legs for the NBA Playoffs, and most-assuredly keep them ready to go against some of the younger and fast teams they will have to beat this year. West can also become a defensive stopper if one of the aforementioned players ended up getting injured at any point during the season.
Celtics fans should be ready for West to miss the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season, as he is going to need to serve a suspension levied by the League for gun charges he faced. Last season for the Cavaliers, West played in 60 games and averaged 8.8 points per game during that time. West is still only 27-years-old, so he could have a lot of good basketball in front of him. The possibly ironic part about this signing is that it was the Celtics that drafted West out of Saint Joseph’s back in 2004. Now West will take his skills to the Celtics, and possibly be tasked with stopping LeBron James at times.