Delonte West, Von Wafer Fight After Shootaround Friday, Neither Will Be Released

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Delonte West Will Not Be Released Following Fight With Von Wafer

Celtics' GM Danny Ainge confirmed that Delonte West and Von Wafer got in a fight Friday at the team's shootaround, but denied reports that the team was considering releasing West. "Whoever wrote the story had something [against] Delonte. That's for sure. There's some untruths in that story."

Ainge said that neither player was in jeopardy of being released. He went to bat for West, saying that any notion that the 27-year-old guard had been involved in conflicts beyond this one and a previous dust-up with Wafer last week were untrue.

"I did read that story and there was a lot of lies in that story," Ainge said. "Things were twisted. It's not true. We're not releasing Delonte. There have not been any other of these altercations that have happened this year."

Ainge explained it by saying "guys trash talk ... these things happen." 

Von Wafer is on the floor warming up before the game with the Knicks Friday night. West is still serving his 10-game suspension. 

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Danny Ainge Confirms Delonte West-Von Wafer Fight, Says Team Is 'Handling It Internally'

The Boston Celtics have confirmed that there was an altercation between Delonte West and Von Wafer on Friday, but according to the Boston Globe's Julian Benbow, West "will not face any penalty." 

Additionally, West will not be released -- a move that was strongly speculated following the fight -- according to team GM Danny Ainge. 

"There was something that happened, and we're handling it internally," Ainge said moments ago. "We're happy with Delonte and Von and how they've been playing, and today was unacceptable."

This was the second time in the past five days that West and Wafer have had an altercation (that has become public). There is no word on whether or not Wafer will face any disciplinary actions (it's reported that West threw the first punch). 

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Delonte West-Von Wafer Fight Confirmed By League Source

According to CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely, a league source has confirmed the report that Delonte West and Von Wafer exchanged punches in a fight Friday afternoon following a three-on-three game. 

The Celtics are still gathering all the facts in regards to the incident and will look at all options, including the possibility of waiving West, who apparently was the one who threw the first punch.

Blakely's source added that West and Wafer "have had beef for a while now."

According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, West has been upset with Wafer for some time, believing that it was Wafer who "published anonymous quote saying it was 'obvious' when West hadn't taken his medicine." 

Now, for West, his future with the team remains in doubt. Both he and Wafer are signed to non-guaranteed contracts, meaning they both could be released at anytime. 

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Punches Reportedly Thrown In Locker Room: More Details Emerge From Delonte West-Von Wafer Fight

More details have emerged surrounding the alleged fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer, as first reported by Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy. 

Apparently, according to Kennedy, things began during a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, when West began fouling Wafer. Wafer got agitated to the point that he left the game, retreating to the locker room while West shouted obscenities at him. West eventually followed him to the locker room. 

After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn't see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team's veterans. 

Kennedy goes on to report that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce "were very unhappy," and that although Doc Rivers "tried to smooth things over," the Celtics, and GM Danny Ainge, are considering relseasing West. 

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After Reported Fight With Delonte West, Von Wafer Takes To Twitter

Alex Kennedy first reported of an alleged fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer at roughly 1:20 P.M. ET on Friday, saying that "punches were thrown and the players had to be separated." There's (obviously) nothing official from the team, and so far, Kennedy is still the only one reporting it. 

But Wafer is not doing much to quiet any speculation, because about 40 minutes later, he began spreading his message via Twitter

Today was a test!...I am a professional and will continue to conduct myself as one...God has a plan for me

i love my team #wefamily

come out tonight and support the #celtics

The Celtics host the Knicks Friday night at 7:30 P.M. 

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