Delonte West is out of a job, and despite his baggage, he would be a good fit with the Celtics (again).
Some players just don't fit in certain places. Personalities can clash or talents just may not be used, and everything in between. It might look good on paper, but sometimes it doesn't work in reality. Delonte West knows this very well.
West is on the way out in Dallas, being cut loose by the Mavericks after a little more than one year, and he says that it isn't even his fault. According to West, he's been pushed out the door over an argument that didn't even involve him.
"There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn't involve me," said West, who had two points, one assist and three turnovers in 21 minutes against the Thunder. "Somehow I'm being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don't know what's going on."
This was the second incident in the span of one month for West, who was suspended indefinitely this week after he was already suspended once earlier this year. The front office in Dallas cited, per Real GM, that it was worried that West might be a bad influence for some of the Mavs' younger players.
It's an unfortunate situation for West, but he hasn't exactly done much to help himself in the reputation department. Aside from West's incidents in Dallas, he got himself into a heap of legal trouble in 2009 when police discovered he was carrying three guns outside the Washington D.C. area and he was sentenced to electronic monitoring, probation and community service. And then there was that rumor that he had relations with LeBron James' mother.
West has his baggage. There's no doubt about it.
Fortunately for him, he's a pretty darn good basketball player, and America is a land of second (and third... and maybe even fourth) chances. While he's had his issues, West never had any problems in Boston, where he spent four seasons.
So why not give West that second (or in this case, third) chance in Boston?
The critics will say that Boston doesn't need another guard, and that may be true. Behind starting point guard Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have a handful of players who can fill the backup point guard role in Jason Terry, Avery Bradley (when he's healthy), Leandro Barbosa and Courtney Lee.
Here's the problem -- none of the players in that group are pure point guards.
West may not be a pure point like Rondo, but he has played more point than most of the Celtics' current backups (with Terry being the only possible exception), and he knows Doc Rivers' tendencies and how the C's run their offense. In theory, it wouldn't take West long to catch up, and given his clean history in Boston and the fact that he probably wouldn't want to be waived twice in one season, it's a safe bet that he'd be on his best behavior.
There's just one problem, though. To get West, you have to make one cut.
Now, you certainly aren't going to cut any of the four guards listed above. Terry may be the best offensive option on the entire team, Bradley is one heck of a defender with a lot of potential, Lee is a strong all-around player and the team just signed Barbosa (also a scoring threat). There's no chance Boston would cut Jared Sullinger, Chris Wilcox or Darko Milicic, and it seems committed to the Fab Melo project after drafting him in the first round.
Kris Joseph, however, isn't so untouchable.
True, the Celtics just awarded him the 15th and final spot on the roster this week, but basketball is a business, and at the time, West wasn't available. Joseph, a rookie forward, was taken by the Celtics in the second round of this year's draft and wasn't a given to make the team in the preseason. He won the spot over Dionte Christmas, Jamar Smith, Micah Downs and Rob Kurz, with Rivers saying he played well in "terrible situations" throughout the preseason.
Would it hurt Joseph? Certainly, but chances are he was going to play more for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League than he would the Celtics this year. He could still sign with Maine, although he wouldn't be under Boston's control.
Look at it this way. The NBA is a talent drive league. Is West more talented than Joseph? Yes. Can he fill a void better than any other player on this roster? Yes.
Seems like a no-brainer move to me, but it's all up to Doc and Danny Ainge.
Gethin Coolbaugh is the Editor of SB Nation Boston. Twitter: @GethinCoolbaugh
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