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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
For now, this is presented with appropriate amounts of skepticism, but here we go: according to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, Delonte West and Von Wafer got into a fight after Celtics practice on Friday. Kennedy provides details surrounding the alleged altercation with three tweets:
After another intense three-on-three game in practice today, Delonte West and Von Wafer got into a fist fight in the locker room.
Punches were thrown and the players had to be separated. The Celtics are considering releasing West, who is on a non-guaranteed contract.
Sources say that Wafer tried to walk away but West followed him into the locker room and threw the first punch. Doc and vets aren't happy.
This supposed fight comes just days after Wafer and West engaged in a heated moment and exchanged words during a two-on-two game in Sunday's practice. With that bit of recent history, it doesn't make words escalating to punches seem totally unreasonable. But so far, Kennedy is the only reporting the fight. And as WCVB Channel 5 points out, "the team was only supposed to have a meeting this morning, they don't shoot around anymore."
It also seems unlikely that on a team with veterans like Shaqulle O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen that a fight would ever get to the point of punches being thrown.
Wafer signed a free agent deal with Boston back in July, and was the last player to make the Celtics roster. He played seven minutes against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
West signed a one-year deal with Boston in September. He is suspended for the first 10 games of the season following a guilty plea to a weapons charge in Maryland. In 2009, West was pulled over for a traffic violation, during which it was discovered that he had a 9mm Beretta pistol, .357 Magnum and a Remington 870 in a guitar case. West pleaded guilty to the traffic and weapons charges and was sentenced to electronic monitoring, unsupervised probation and 40 hours of community service as well as psychological counseling.