NBA.com staff reports
At the start of Friday’s free-agent bonanza of moves, the Celtics made small-but-saavy moves to bolster their roster. First, they worked a sign-and-trade deal that put Glen “Big Baby” Davis in Orlando in exchange for big man Brandon Bass. Then, they finalized a trade with the Bucks to acquire veteran point guard Keyon Dooling in a move that gives them a solid backup point guard to whomever mans the offense this year (right now, that job is Rajon Rondo‘s).
But then came a bombshell move in Boston, provided by our main man, TNT’s David Aldridge, who reports the Celtics are close to a deal with David West.
A source briefed on discussions Friday evening said that the Boston Celtics are close to a deal with free agent power forward David West, who has been with the New Orleans Hornets since being drafted in 2003.
West, 31, was expected to be one of the top free agents in this year’s class, but he is coming off of a torn ACL suffered late last season in a game against Utah. West has diligently rehabbed his injury in North Carolina last summer, but teams have been slow to make significant offers to him.
The move, if completed, would be a true boon to Boston’s frontcourt as the Celtics would feature Kevin Garnett, Bass and West. It also would mean the end of at least one era in New Orleans (the West one) while the Hornets await the fate of Chris Paul, too.