Danny Ainge was watching Michigan State play Washington at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii when he learned that Delonte West broke his right wrist late in the second quarter of the Celtics’ 89-83 win over the New Jersey Nets. And his reaction was sorrow for West, but the team president told the Globe he has enough confidence in the remaining roster to stand pat and not pursue another point guard.
“We like our guys,” Ainge said by phone late Wednesday night. “Avery (Bradley) is starting to get going. Avery and Von (Wafer) are going to have to step up and play.”
The Celtics have two players with non-guaranteed contracts on their roster — West and Wafer. With the team’s roster at the 15-player limit, Ainge would have to release a player to make a roster addition.
“In order to (make a move) we’d have to let someone go and we like our guys,” he said. “Whether Avery’s ready or not, he needs to be ready. He hasn’t been healthy, so at some point he’s gotta be thrown into the fire, right?”
The Celtics have depth at the position with Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson, occasionally Marquis Daniels and the rookie Bradley, who has been hampered following surgery to remove a large bone chip from his left ankle. Ainge said he is secure with the depth.
“Quite honestly, that’s why those guys work every day in practice for the opportunity to play,” Ainge said. “We like those guys when the season started and I like them even more now with the work they are putting in and this league is a league of opportunity. So we’ll stay with our roster for now and see what we got.”