By Jessica Camerato
BOSTON - Von Wafer found out that his contract was guaranteed by the Boston Celtics from a reporter before Wednesdays game against the San Antonio Spurs.
In this case, no news from the organization was good news.
Every time Ive been called to go to the gym it hasnt been good, so thats good, he joked.
The Celtics picked up the contracts of Wafer and Delonte West, maintaining depth on their bench.
For Wafer, this means a sense of stability in an unstable career that has seen him play for six NBA teams since being drafted in 2005.
He made a case for himself on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves by posting 10 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was a testament to the team-first basketball he has embraced this season with the Celtics.
"He earned it; he earned the right to be here, said coach Doc Rivers. He's contributed to our wins, even before he was playing. He was really working at being a better player everyday in practice. He's been good.
Now that Wafer has locked in his spot, he looks to stay focused by surrounding himself with family. He plans to have his mother and brother move up from Virginia and hopes his 3-year-old daughter can spend some time in Boston as well.
Its going to be big. Its going to help because I dont really like to be alone, he said. I really wanted to kind of try to get a better focus and I thought that would help if I had my mom and my brother with me because Id just spend time with them instead of doing other things.
Wafer quickly learned that he would have to buy into the Celtics system if he wanted to play. Now that he has, he is looks forward to whats to come playing team ball.
Im just excited because I know I can get a lot better, he said. I know I can do a lot more, but Im just going to play my role and do what I have to do for us to get these Ws.
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