Is Doc Rivers trying to build Celtics West?
The coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, who now also has control of basketball operations, has not been shy about displaying his affinity for his former Celtics players with his new team. The latest ex-Celtic to enter the fold in Los Angeles is guard Delonte West, who is on the Clippers' summer league roster, announced Monday. West has been out of the league for two seasons but is still just 30-years-old.
The Celtics drafted West with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. C's fans remember him as the hard-nosed player who averaged 12.2 points per game on a dreadful 2006-07 team. West bounced around to Seattle, Cleveland, and Dallas, before finding himself on the outside looking in. A very thorough Slate profile last month examined why West, who has a history of mental health issues, hasn't caught on with an NBA team.
West is not the only former Celtic in the fold with Rivers. Glen "Big Baby" Davis signed with the team in February after being bought out by the Orlando Magic. Seven-footer Ryan Hollins, a walking flagrant foul whom Rivers liked for his toughness during the Big Three Celtics' late playoff runs, signed with the Clippers in 2012.
And then there's Paul Pierce, whom the Clippers are interested in as a free agent this offseason. Kevin Garnett almost went to Los Angeles with Rivers before being shipped to Brooklyn in a separate deal.