Coming off of a turbulent 2009-2010 campaign that began with him in Greece and ended with him returning to the States well before the end of Euro League play, the 6-5 Wafer is glad to be playing ball on this side of the Atlantic again.If he's healthy I think Wafer can be a nice boost to our bench. He's had issues before butting heads with coaches, so I like how Doc let him know up front his expectations. Still would like to see the Celtics make a play for Rudy Fernandez. I have a feeling he's going to end up in Chicago and at some point we'll regret passing on acquiring Rudy. JR 7/31/2010 02:59:00 PM Tweet
“I wasn’t always sure I’d be back,” says Wafer. “it’s unbelievable. I’m just so happy to be back. I’m just so happy.”
Two seasons ago, by dint of his above average jumper and strong forays to the cup, Wafer averaged 9.7 ppg in just 19.4 mpg for the Houston Rockets. While it’s unclear what his exact role will be with the Celtics and how much scoring they’ll be looking for out of him, after a conversation with Coach Doc Rivers, Wafer sees himself filling in wherever the team needs.
“I just hope to help the team,” says the 25-year-old over the phone. “I’m all about the team first. I want to do anything I can to help make this a better team. Coach Rivers said, ‘If you’re not going to be a team player I don’t want you here.’ So I’m just gonna do my best to help make us a stronger group.”
The former 39th overall pick becomes the second Boston Celtics to hail from Louisiana, joining Glen “Big Baby” Davis—though he hasn’t yet had the chance to speak with any of his new teammates.
“I haven’t talked to them,” says the former Florida State star, “but I have a relationship with Paul Pierce and Big Baby.”
Currently in Los Angeles, VW plans on flying out to Boston early next week.
“I’m gonna leave Sunday,” Wafer says. “Then I’m gonna stay up in Boston, try to work with the coaches to get familiar with the defensive schemes, learn the plays and get more familiar with everybody up there.”