After several on and off-court problems in Cleveland, guard Delonte West is returning to the team who chose him in the 2004 NBA Draft: the Boston Celtics.
The team announced Wednesday (September 1) that they had signed West as a free agent, but specifics of the deal were unknown at press time.
According to the Boston Herald, it is a non-guaranteed contract.
Despite fighting a new team to call home, West will not be eligible to play the first 10 games of the 2010-11 NBA season, due to a suspension after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland.
“Delonte’s one of my favorite players in the time I’ve been with the Celtics,” Danny Ainge, the team’s director of basketball operations, told the paper. “I’ve always liked the way he plays the game, and I think he can help our team.”
West played his first three seasons with Boston before being traded to Seattle in 2007 in the deal that brought Ray Allen to the Celtics. However, later that season, he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he plays the last three seasons.
While in Cleveland, he showed potential, but on- and off-court incidents sidelined his progress.
West pleaded guilty in July to charges of carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying and transporting a handgun in violation of Maryland law. The charges stem from an arrest in September 2009, when he was pulled over for traffic violation, and was caught carrying two loaded handguns, a shotgun and a Bowie knife.
He was sentenced to eight months of home detention and two years of unsupervised probation. He also must perform 40 hours of community service and undergo psychological testing.
West has averaged 10 points and 3.7 assists over his career. He was waived last month by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had acquired him only a week earlier in a trade with Cleveland.