Every time a roster spot opens up on the Celtics, we get tweets and emails calling for the team to sign Keynon Martin, Allen Iverson and Delonte West.
While Delonte isn’t physically washed up like AI and K-Mart (accept it people – there’s a reason they’re not in the league), he remains a troubled soul. Case in point; he has yet to report to the D-League team that acquired his rights two weeks ago. His time in Dallas last season didn’t end smoothly:
West was waived after two suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team. He was involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason, and was on his second straight one-year contract for the veteran minimum, which was $1.2 million this season.
The first suspension of West was lifted after just a day after a meeting with Nelson and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
A week later, though, West said he received a text telling him not to come to practice a week before the start of the regular season and was waived a few days later. He said he was blamed for an argument that didn’t involve him in the locker room after a preseason game.
The Globe’s Gary Washburn reports the Celtics have grown tired of Delonte:
An NBA source said the Celtics have not reached out to West and were not pleased with his second stint as a Celtic that ended with him not being re-signed after the 2010-11 season
We’ve seen the “healthy” Delonte. The gritty, tough-as-nails guard with the balls to take big shots. I’d love to have that guy back.
But until Delonte gets a grip on the bipolar disorder that has derailed his career, he’s unlikely to get another chance.