HoopsHype Delonte West rumors

July 22, 2013 Updates

Twelve hundred miles away in Dallas, in a multi-room apartment he shares with his pregnant wife, Delonte West alternatively works out anxiously and waits by his phone eagerly. He knows his eight-year NBA career hangs in the balance. And West knows, after being cut this past October 29 by the Dallas Mavericks for disciplinary reasons and sitting out the entire 2012-13 season, that he’s not ready for it to be over. “I had tears in my eyes watching games this past year—not because I’m bipolar, but because I’m sitting at home and miss the game” West says. “When my agent calls, I’m going to be on the next flight. Not to be cocky, but some teams that are trying to win are one guard away, one guy that can make a couple great plays away from going to the Finals. “Well, I’m right here,” he continues. “Y’all know it and I know it.” SLAM

The story that West has spent the past four years trying to shake. That’s grown like a shadow at sunrise and now casts a giant question mark over him wherever he goes. The story that West believes has done irreparable damage to his career. “Before that, coaches and GMs, they said I was a tough, scrappy player. They wanted to go war with me on their side,” says West. “Everything after that incident became, ‘did he take his medicine?’ Oh, ‘he’s bipolar.’” SLAM

Give him a jersey and he’ll give you everything he’s got. After all, he’ll be playing for his name, for his namesake and for love. “Basketball is all I’ve ever had,” offers West. “I won’t give the media any more excuses.” SLAM

“He could definitely provide depth at guard for a contender,” says one NBA scout who asked to remain anonymous. Those same people, though, also offer doubts. “Talent isn’t the question,” says the scout. “It comes down to whether or not he’s worth the potential off-court headache.” SLAM

March 17, 2013 Updates

Teams have until April 17 to sign players who will be eligible for the first round of the postseason. Here are some of the top D-League players at each position, who could be called up at some point in the next month. GUARDS: Delonte West, Dominique Jones, Lester Hudson, Kris Joseph, Josh Selby, Courtney Fortson, Jerel McNeal, Andrew Goudelock, Christian Eyenga, Lazar Hayward, Justin Dentmon, Chris Roberts, Ben Uzoh, Sean Singletary, Ron Howard, Darington Hobson. FORWARDS: D.J. Kennedy, Samardo Samuels, Demetris Nichols, Willie Reed, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku, Rasual Butler, Damion James, Luke Harangody, Micah Downs, JaMychal Green, James Mays. CENTERS: Jerome Jordan, Hassan Whiteside, Vernon Macklin, Hilton Armstrong, Keith Benson, Brian Butch, Mickell Gladness, Solomon Alabi, Jarrid Famous, Augustus Gilchrist. Sulia

Delonte West made his D-League debut tonight. He had 10 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes: In Delonte West's first game with the Texas Legends of the D-League, he contributed 10 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. However, the 29-year-old was definitely rusty after sitting out for the whole season. He shot just 4-15 from the field (1-2 from three-point range) and turned the ball over 6 times. The Legends lost the game, 103-85. Several NBA teams are monitoring West, who was waived by the Dallas Mavericks during the preseason. Sulia

March 16, 2013 Updates

The Knicks aren’t that desperate yet, but will be one of the teams monitoring the progress of mercurial point guard Delonte West, expected to make his D-League debut tonight when the Texas Legends host the Santa Cruz Warriors. West is a super talent and super headache, but, at 29, a relative pup by Knicks standards. He hasn’t played all season but was effective last year with Dallas. The Knicks haven’t been thrilled with their point-guard play since Christmas, with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd falling back to Earth, Iman Shumpert not being a reliable scorer and playmaking rookie Pablo Prigioni not enough of an offensive threat. New York Post

According to the Texas Legends, former Maverick Delonte West will suit up for the D-League team in Frisco on Saturday night. He has not played in a game this season for anybody. The Legends host Santa Cruz at 7 p..m. at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. The team’s release says, in part: West (6-4, 180, St. Joseph’s) was selected 24th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA Draft. West played in Boston for three years averaging 12.25 pts, 3 reb, and 4.4 ast his third season. Following that, West was traded to Cleveland where he played for three years before returning to Boston for the 2010-11 season and then to Dallas where he averaged 9.5 pts, 2.3 reb, and 3.1 ast last season. West helped his team to post-season play in six of his eight seasons in the NBA. Dallas Morning News

March 15, 2013 Updates

According to Rafael Barlowe, who serves as a scout and videographer for the Mavericks' D-League affiliate, West is finally poised to make his debut this coming Saturday, when the Legends take on the Santa Cruz Warriors. There's no doubt that given his skill set and past NBA (on the court) experience, West would stand to provide a huge assist of sorts to any number of contending big league teams. Though any potential suitor would have to look past West's previous off-the-court debacles, also key to his comeback is proving he's currently still in shape and capable of competing. Perhaps a couple of games in Texas will help him prove that. Only then will an NBA team be more motivated to scoop him up in time for the postseason. Seeing is believing. Ridiculous Upside

March 13, 2013 Updates

The source said that point guard Delonte West makes the most sense for the Knicks. Also available is Sundiata Gaines, 26, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 assists and one steal in 14 minutes per game last season for the Nets, but he's not regarded as highly in NBA circles. Another option could've been Jannero Pargo, but he's signing a 10-day deal with the Bobcats. ESPN.com

March 2, 2013 Updates
February 15, 2013 Updates

One name that was floated as a possible signee is Delonte West, a free agent who has some experience in the Celtics system. “Delonte is a player we certainly know, probably better than anybody in the NBA,” Ainge said. “And he’s on a list of guys we are looking at. We’re going to take this entire week during the All-Star break and explore trades and free-agent signings. We have a long list of players, and he’s on that list. It’s hard. It’s a difficult thing for players to not play basketball all year who haven’t played since last April and expect them to come in and be able to contribute.” WEEI.com

February 14, 2013 Updates
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February 12, 2013 Updates

Delonte West hasn't joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights. West was picked up by the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 25, though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban flatly ruled out a return to the team that suspended the veteran guard twice in two weeks before waiving him in October. USA Today Sports

Donnie Nelson, Mavericks president of basketball operations and co-owner of the Legends, says the "door is open" but he hasn't had any contact with a new agent for West. "He's got a big heart and deserves a second chance with someone," Nelson said. "He needs to play, whether it's here or overseas." USA Today Sports

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