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Delonte West is once again in trouble after many had hoped he would be able to turn his attitude around. West was involved in a fist fight with teammate Von Wafer today after a practice that saw West getting extremely physical while matched up against Wafer. The two are sharing a similar role on the team this season and West had considered Wafer a threat to his playing time during the pre-season while the team debated on bringing him aboard.
The brawl began with the physical play at practice with West saying, “Do something about it!” to Wafer while he scored on him. West continually fouled Wafer while in possession of the ball eventually leading the two to be separated by teammate Jermaine O’Neal and assistant coach Lawrence Frank. After practice Wafer showered and was hit in the back by a punch from West leading the two to wrestle with each other in the locker room.
West, who is already serving a 10-game suspension for a guilty plea of weapons charges last season, now has a doubtful future with the Celtics. He was brought in to provide another spark off the bench with his ability to play both point and shooting guard, as well as put up decent scoring numbers. He has a career average of 10 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Wafer was selected to the team after the final pre-season game against the New Jersey Nets. He was selected over UMass product Stephane Lasme in a tough decision due to Lasme’s popularity with the team and coaches. Wafer was figured to be used in the role that West will occupy once his suspension is served. West currently has eight more games to go before he can see any playing time.
So now West’s future with the Celtics is up in the air. General manager Danny Ainge brought him back after trading him away along with Wally Szczerbiak to Seattle in 2007 to acquire Ray Allen on the idea that he could be a mature player and asset to the team. Both West and Wafer are playing on non-guaranteed contracts and can be cut at any point this season.