June 18, 1997
For Celtics free-agent point guard David Wesley, the waiting game began
on the final day of the regular season. Two months later, little in his
life has changed besides the weather.
with the exception of a six-week commitment he's made to the Beantown
Pro-Am Basketball League, has no idea where his basketball future lies.
He worked out for coach Rick Pitino and his staff last week, leaving the decision whether to re-sign Wesley in the hands of the Celtics' new brain trust.
not much I can say at this point that would shed any light on the
situation," Wesley said last night before playing in the opening game of
the Beantown League at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion. "I really don't
know what's going to happen."
wouldn't even venture to guess, but he knows the suspense won't last
much longer. Like most Celtics fans, he will watch the NBA draft on TV a
week from today, intensely interested in how Pitino
uses the third and sixth overall picks. If a point guard (Colorado's
Chauncey Billups?) is coming to town, Wesley can assume he's leaving.
ball's in their court now," said Frank Catapano, Wesley's Boston-based
agent. "David has done his part. He's done absolutely everything asked
of him since he came here (three years ago)."
done it well, too. Wesley, 26, a marginal player when he first entered
the league with the New Jersey Nets, has developed into a quality NBA
point guard. During two of the worst seasons in Celtics' history, he
distinguished himself as one of the team's few bright spots.
enjoyed playing here," said Wesley, whose priority since the season
ended has been to remain with the Celtics. "But right now I'm trying to
focus on playing basketball in the (Beantown) League and getting out to
play golf. My daughter's visiting, I'm also going to spend a lot of time
Brittany Wesley, 6, isn't the
only member of the family in town. Wesley's younger brother, Desmond, is
playing in the Beantown League for Sullivan Insurance. The Wesleys
squared off in the league opener last night, David's Reebok squad
prevailing, 106-93, behind his 28 points and seven assists.
pretty used to playing against him," said Desmond, 23, who graduated
from Jarvis Christian last month. "We've been playing one-on-one the
last month back home in Texas. David has got his game together."
The Celtics will have to decide that for themselves.