Danny Ainge took part in his weekly interview on WEEI-FM 93.7 this afternoon with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley. A variety of topics were discussed about how Ainge plans on handling filling up the roster and Ainge was asked specifically about the possibility of the team bringing in Delonte West to fill a guard spot for the team. Here is an excerpt of that conversation:
Ordway: If you guys can’t afford to give up bodies you have now in the way of a trade. Is there anybody out there who could help. Is Delonte West a possibility of a guy you could bring in? We know there are issues that go along with him, but it seems like you guys have real bond with him
Ainge: “You know, Delonte is a player we know, probably better than anyone in the NBA. He’s on the list of guys we are looking at. We are going to take this entire week and explore trades and free agent signings. We have a long list of players and he’s on that list. It’s a difficult thing for players to not play basketball all year, who haven’t played since last Apri and expect them to come in and be able to contribute.”
CH’s Take: Not exactly a complete endorsement of West given how long he’s been away from the game this season, but Ainge not shuting the door on bringing in Delonte speaks volumes. We all know the issues Delonte has had away from the floor, and to be honest there’s undoubtedly been much more behind the scenes that’s gone on which we don’t know about that has kept all 30 NBA teams from giving him a shot this season.
With that said, if the Celtics are really serious at taking a run at things this postseason, West is as talented of a guard that’s out there on the market for them. Having also played for Doc a couple years ago, West knows the C’s defensive system, putting him ahead of the curve compared to any other guard Boston would bring in. There would be numerous risks involved in signing him in obviously, but given that it would just be for a half season, it might be a little easier for Doc and company to swallow given how desperate this squad is right now for useful bodies.
All things considered, would I call the move likely right now? Probably not. However, it’s probably not the last option on the list though either. If Danny can’t find a solution or two via trade at the guard spot by sending Barbosa and cash to some team for a second rate point guard, West might be one of the next moves on the list.