Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wafer appears to win battle for final spot
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Celtics guard Von Wafer remained uncertain about his future after Boston's 107-92 triumph over the New Jersey Nets in Wednesday's preseason finale, but the fact that two others in the room had been apprised of theirs meant the fifth-year guard appeared to have won the competition for a final roster spot.
Camp invitees Stephane Lasme and Mario West were informed that they had been waived following Wednesday's game, unofficially trimming Boston's roster to the 15-man maximum. Rookie Tiny Gallon, who joined the team earlier this week, had not been informed of his official release and is likely to stick around a couple of more days before he will be waived with potential to be allocated to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
Wafer played the entire fourth quarter Wednesday, connecting on 3 of 6 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, for eight points. Lasme and West played only the final three minutes.
While Wafer repeatedly stressed that he wanted not only to make the team but also be a contributor, his competitors for the final spot are facing far more uncertain futures.
"I'm going to go home and relax," said Lasme, the University of Massachusetts product who proved to be Wafer's stiffest competition, making a strong case to occupy Boston's final roster spot with inspired defensive play throughout the preseason.
"I'm sure somebody is going to call. I'll wait for the phone call and make my decision from there."
Lasme knows the Celtics have a strong interest in shuffling him to the D-League, something he discussed with the team at the onset of camp. That would keep him in the system should the team decide later (say, after Delonte West returns from a 10-game suspension to start the regular season) that they could use his type of player over an offense-first guard like Wafer.
But Lasme sounded optimistic that another NBA team might come calling based on the impression he made in Boston.
"Doc said he liked me a lot, it came down to the end," said Lasme. "He said I'm an NBA player, that I should be in the league, and not to worry about anything."