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The Celtics took care of their need at shooting guard, signing former Houston Rocket Von Wafer.
This is the eighth team the 25-year-old has played for in his four-year career.
Wafer was drafted in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers after playing just two seasons for Florida State University.
The 5-star recruit from Homer, La. had a disappointing stay in Tallahasee, as Wafer averaged just 10 points-per-game. Early in his NBA career, the disappointment continued.
Wafer appeared in just 46 games before joining the Rockets for the 2008-2009 season. In Houston, Wafer averaged a career-best 9.7 points-per-game and looked to have finally found a place to stay in the NBA.
However, Wafer decided to take his game across seas. Wafer signed a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Olympiakos. But, in just four months Wafer was released after shooting below 40 percent for the Piraeus.
In February 2010, Wafer’s next stop was in Dallas.
The Mavericks signed Wafer to a 10-day contract, but Wafer failed to play a single minute.
Now he moves onto Boston, as the Celtics signed the oft-traveled youngster to a one-year deal. The 6’5” Wafer has the range to knock down the 3-point shot, something Danny Ainge and the front office sought out since the off-season began.
It’s unknown how the Celtics exactly view Wafer. Do they feel he’s just a guy on the bench who is there when you need him? Or can he actually play big minutes and contribute?
Previously linked to Josh Howard, Eddie House and Rudy Fernandez, all the above appear to be better options. However, with the Celtics in a financial bind, Wafer comes as a cheap alternative.
When Tony Allen left for Memphis, many probably didn’t foresee a huge hole. But it was apparent that Ainge and the Celtics wanted to add someone to fill the void.
Is Wafer that guy? Time will tell.
What about Avery Bradley? I’m sure the Celtics knew about his injury prior to drafting him, so why draft him knowing he will miss all of camp?
And what about a big man? Are the Celtics still searching for a big body?
Many questions are asked around this time of year, and we’ll get the answers soon enough but at least one thing is known, Ainge is trying to put a better team on the court then he had last season, an nobody can disprove that.