David West is reportedly close to a deal with the Boston Celtics, but there are more questions than answers at this point. Though he was injured last year, West was expected to command a premium on the free agent market, and it's unclear how the Celtics could afford him. But according to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the two sides have been engaged in talks and are close to a deal.
Aldridge adds the market has been slow to jump at the chance to sign West, perhaps because of the injury.
West, 31, was expected to be one of the top free agents in this year's class, but he is coming off of a torn ACL suffered late last season in a game against Utah. West has diligently rehabbed his injury in North Carolina last summer, but teams have been slow to make significant offers to him.
Still, for this to work straight-up, West would have to be taking a significant cut. Other options include, perhaps, using a mid-level exception, if the Celtics can, or a sign-and-trade, among other things. But for now, we're all stuck with a report that a deal is close while wondering if West is only part of the picture here.