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Von Wafer
Von Wafer
Position: None
Born: 07/21/85
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
In the aftermath of the series, several players were fined for their actions but Wafer has taken the brunt of the punishment following his foul on Luo and then the throwing of the chair afterwards. Not only was he fined 50,000 RMB (roughly $8,000), he has also been given a six-game ban from all CBA games. It is the ban that presents the biggest problem for the American. Given that the CBA regular season is so short, the absence of a star overseas player like Wafer for that many games is a huge disadvantage.
Wafer was forced into this very public statement after Shanxi’s 106-98 road loss to Qingdao in the CBA playoff quarter-finals. The result ensured that the Dragons were eliminated from the postseason without winning a game. However, it was Wafer’s actions during the third and final game of the series that have captured the headlines. With Shanxi staring at elimination, the guard was ejected for hard fouling Qingdao point guard Luo Xudong. Then, as he was sent from the court, Wafer picked up a chair and threw it against a wall before exiting through the player’s tunnel.
Miami has recently expressed interest in a number of free agents including Von Wafer, Julyan Stone, Vander Blue, Yakhouba Diawara, Larry Drew II, Je’Kel Foster and Justin Holiday among others, according to sources close to the situation. All of these players recently worked out for the HEAT. Miami may bring in several other free agents for additional workouts in the coming days.
HoopsHype: Agent Terrance Doyle confirms Orlando Sentinel report that Von Wafer will join the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese League. “Von will play the full season in CBA and then examine the opportunities,” Doyle told HoopsHype. “Von believes he has the potential of being a very valuable asset for a team in late February or early March looking for a shooter and scorer off the bench to make a run in the playoffs.”
Wafer was recently deactivated and rumors began to surface that the Magic may waive him. However, Wafer’s camp hasn’t asked to be bought out and they expect the shooting guard to finish the season in Orlando. On Thursday, there was a report saying that the Italian team Milano would express interest in Wafer should he be waived. However, sources close to the Wafer say that he wants to remain in the NBA. If the Magic do decide to waive Wafer, expect him to sign with another NBA team.
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired forward Brandon Bass from the Orlando Magic in exchange for forward Glen Davis and guard Von Wafer. Bass, a 6’8″ forward, averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season for the Magic. Bass also shot a career-high 51.5% from the field last season, which ranked 19th overall in the NBA.
There’s a new addition to the sign-and-trade between the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics. Not only will the Magic swap Brandon Bass for Glen Davis, they’ll also receive Von Wafer in the deal. Wafer was an unrestricted free agent, but Orlando had him added to the deal in exchange for their a traded- player exception. Wafer will sign a three-year deal with the Magic. Last year, the 26-year-old played 58 games with the Celtics. He received interest from a number of other teams before landing with Orlando.
Former NBA player Von Wafer finally landed in Cremona ready for his new adventure with the Italian team. “I am happy I can practice again even if I did not stop during the entire summer with tournaments and individual workout. I liked the city at the first sight and it reminds me the place where I grew up. I met a lot of people who have been very nice with me. The first contact with the supporters was very positive. Even if in the gym is hot, they are always a lot. Now I have to work hard and make my best for Vanoli Braga” said former Boston Celtics player.
Von Wafer has agreed to a deal to play for Italian team Venoli Cremona, according to his agent. Wafer, an unrestricted free agent who spent the 2010-11 season with the Celtics, secured a coveted opt-out clause and will be able to return stateside should the lockout end during the international season. Wafer averaged 3.2 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.6 assists over 9.5 minutes per game last season. He appeared in 58 games for Boston and seemed to be asserting himself before a late-season calf injury limited his playing time into the playoffs.
“Even before the lockout, it’s definitely something that I thought about,” Wafer said. “Now that we are in a lockout, it’s definitely an option because I can go overseas and have a larger role. It’s a way to make money and I could really be a contributor for a team.” Wafer didn’t stay in Greece for the duration of his previous contract, and he regrets how the situation played out. “If I could do it all over again, I would have never left Greece,” Wafer said. “It was really hard, but I gave up on it too early. The mistake that I made was going over there all by myself. I should have brought my family or friends so that it would have been easier. Other than that, the experience was great. I definitely think going back over there is an option. It’s a good situation, a competitive league and it’s a chance for me to play during this lockout.”
Last season, Wafer played 58 games for the Celtics, but received limited minutes and sometimes fell out of the rotation altogether. Going forward, he wants to find a situation where he can receive consistent playing time. He would love for that to be in Boston, but he’s keeping his options open. “My first option is going somewhere I can play,” Wafer said. “I’ve worked hard and been in the league for five seasons. I know I belong here and I can be a productive NBA player if given the opportunity. I’m 25 years old and starting to enter my prime so I want to find the right situation. I would love to go back to Boston. I loved it there and it would be perfect if I have the opportunity to be a part of the rotation.”
In six NBA seasons, Von Wafer has never had the opportunity to return to the team he ended the previous campaign with and build upon that experience. While committed to exploring all options this offseason — including potentially heading back overseas if the NBA lockout lingers — Wafer wouldn’t be opposed to a return engagement with the Boston Celtics, according to his agent Terrance Doyle of the Veritas Venture Group. Wafer appeared in 58 games for Boston last season, averaging 3.2 points over 9.5 minutes per game. A calf injury in early March detoured him at maybe the worst possible time, but Wafer did get healthy enough to appear in three playoff games. “Von would love to be back [with Boston],” Doyle said of the 6-foot-5 swingman who has played for seven teams since being drafted by the Lakers in the second round (35th overall) of the 2005 draft. “He’s never gotten that opportunity to go back with a team.”
Celtics swingman Von Wafer was watching players workout before Sunday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kinesio tape wrapped around his right calf. He has not begun basketball activities but said he should be able to return to action in two weeks, giving his club much- needed depth. Wafer strained his right calf during the Celtics’ 107-103 win over the Golden State Warriors on March 4 and tonight will be the fourth consecutive games missed. Wafer said the injury is just a strain and he is starting to feel less discomfort. “It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time, so I’m thinking like two weeks,” he said. “The sooner the better, I just want to get back. (The doctors) already knew what it was when they saw it.”
The Celtics had until tonight to waive Von Wafer and Delonte West, and instead let the deadline pass, guaranteeing the minimum contracts of both players for the rest of the year. Wafer, unaware that he had just dodged a major bullet, was understandably thrilled. “That’s definitely a relief,” said Wafer, a skilled shooter who has won a job on this team thanks to his defense as well as his scoring. “I’m really happy, man, just blessed.”
Ainge said he is getting calls regarding trades but he is not close to any deal. He said he would like to see the impact of his roster when at full health. “You never know what’s going to happen but I like our roster a lot,’’ he said. “There’s nothing close and I really like our team when we’re healthy. There’s always calls this time of year. There’s always teams trying to do things, but I like our guys. There’s a lot of talk out there but I’m not sure what we’ll do.’’
The Celtics have until next Monday to make a decision on the contract of reserve guard Von Wafer, and president Danny Ainge wouldn’t confirm last night that the team would retain the swingman. Wafer signed a nonguaranteed contract in August that becomes guaranteed for the rest of the season if he is on the roster Jan. 10. Wafer has improved defensively and has had his moments, such as scoring 10 points off the bench in a 96-93 victory over the Timberwolves last night, but the Celtics may waive him to increase roster flexibility. The Celtics have the maximum 15 players on their roster.
West shrugged off the situation involving Wafer, saying one reason it got the publicity it did was because of the motorcycle incident. West reiterated his denial from the team’s September media day about Gloria James while talking further with FanHouse about the reports. “Not at all,” West said about there not being any intimate relationship. “I feel sorry that this is a society we’re moving into. … Everyday society has taken the media out of your hands, and with the Twitters and being able to put things out to the world from your mobile phone. Who knows who makes this stuff up? It could have been a 14-year-old kid somewhere who threw that out, unfortunately.”
West expressed disappointment in the reports, and how they might have affected the James family. “You’ve got to remember, this is just a game,” West said. “Some people are die-hard fans and they paint their face and it’s all great. But you got to do unto others as you have unto yourself. People say something about your mother and drag your mother through something like that and your family, you’d be ready to do something yourself. So it’s sad that happened. But, you know, they hated Jesus, too. You got to keep going. So I wish (LeBron James) much success down there (in Miami) with his family, and I got to keep going here.”
Do you think Delonte West will last? Do you think the C’s will keep him if he faces more off-the-court troubles? I like his passion and his ability to pick it up in crunch time, I just hope he figures out this will be his best chance at a title and keeps himself in line. — Scott (Harrisburg, Pa.) A: I think West does indeed last and I think, in the long run, he’s incredibly important to Boston’s overall success. Beyond the scuffle with Von Wafer during his 10-game suspension, I get the impression that West has been a very good teammate and his on-court dedication is obvious. I think the suspension did humble him a bit and remind him of the opportunity he has (and how fragile it can be if he were to slip up again). But he has a fantastic support system here and I think it will help him thrive. We may look back and say that Boston’s final of 11 offseason signings might have been the most important.
West was not at TD Garden Friday night. Per NBA rules, suspended players have to be out of the building two hours before a game starts. West is three games into a 10- game suspension after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop last summer. He said the he’s been working out at the team’s practice facility during games and then watching them there. “That’s a penalty you have to pay,” West said. “I’m not arguing with it. I’m still on a team and able to play basketball. It could be a lot worse. There’s no negatives here. I’m positive and I can’t wait to get out there and contribute.”
West did say that the initial report that appeared on Hoops World was inaccurate. The story indicated that the Celtics were ready to cut West, but Danny Ainge denied that. “I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context,” West said. “Facts were made up that were not true how things played out. Guys get into scuffles or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day we’re like brothers in here. At the end of the day we’re trying to win. We’re competitive. We’ve got fiery guys in here. You got to move on and get to the next thing.”