Originally written on State Of The Celtics  |  Last updated 12/10/11
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The Celtics and Hornets are close to a deal that would send two-time All-Star David West to Boston, according to David Aldridge.

A source briefed on discussions Friday evening said that the Boston Celtics are close to a deal with free agent power forward David West, who has been with the New Orleans Hornets since being drafted in 2003.
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.

The only way that the Celtics could make this work would be through a sign-and-trade scenario. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jermaine O'Neal and "another player" would be headed to New Orleans in the deal. If I were a betting man, I would put money on Jeff Green being the other player involved in the trade. I have no proof that this is the case. It's just a gut feeling.

What a fantastic move this would be if Danny could get it done. It's starting to become almost magician-like. I don't know how he's doing it, but he's making this team better by spending absolutely no money and keeping the core intact—for now.
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