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Your Morning Dump… How the Lakers screwed the Celtics out of David West

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The Celts fell out of the David West running when the New Orleans Hornets couldn’t find a place to send Jermaine O’Neal (Lamar Odom going from the Los Angeles Kings to the Dallas Mavericks got in the way). New Orleans was looking for a another trade partner, but the Indiana Pacers stepped in with a two-year, $20 million deal for West, who received much more annually than the C’s were offering.

Besides, the Hornets have a bigger issue on their plate in the form of Chris Paul. New Orleans was reportedly looking to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday for a deal, but the Celts could still get back in the running for the guard according to two sources.

Herald – David West changing direction

It appears the Hornets were going to move Jermaine O’Neal to the Dallas Mavericks, but when the Lakers dangled a disgruntled Lamar Odom, Mark Cuban bailed on New Orleans. The only bright side to this scenario is that Kobe Bryant is pouting once again.

So with David West in Indiana and Chris Paul likely headed to the Clippers, the Celtics roster appears set. I know, you are underwhelmed like me.

Before you start bitching about Danny Ainge, remember this; the Celtics have an $84 million payroll. They are shelling out $14 million in luxury tax dollars. Ainge still has the $3 million mini MLE in his back pocket. 

Related link: WEEI – How Cs look after West signs with Indy

On Page 2, Delonte is begging for work.

I don’t think Ainge is going to sign Delonte. He seems content with Keyon Dooling, Avery Bradley and E’Twaun Moore as back-up guards.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Sunday practice report | Herald – Concerns no stretch | CSNNE – Wilcox happy to be with contender | Allen emphasizes conditioning early | ESPN Boston – Winning move for Wilcox | Cs set to resign Pavlovic