Celtics guarantee Wafer, West contracts

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Celtics guarantee Wafer, West contracts

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

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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Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”

Thomsen: Believe Danny Ainge has 'really been pushing it' for trades

Thomsen: Believe Danny Ainge has 'really been pushing it' for trades

Will Boston fans be comfortable if the Celtics don't make a move before the trade deadline and again are waiting for free agency in the summer? Ian Thomsen, Marc Bertrand and Mike Giardi discuss.