HoopsHype Delonte West rumors

August 11, 2013 Updates

“You’re associating happiness with money. And the last time I checked, there was a CVS or Walgreens on every block or corner. And there’s a prescription aisle right in the back and every time you go to the hospital, how long do you have to wait to see the doctor because everybody in America has something. Some people have depression or suffer from headaches or something. Everybody needs a pill for something nowadays, and they’re coming up with new names for new things every day. For me, I don’t think being bipolar was my issue. I don’t think it ever was.” Boston Globe

August 4, 2013 Updates

West, who last played for the Mavericks, said he will accept a nonguaranteed deal, just hoping to impress a coach and make a roster. He was waived by Dallas last October after a dispute with coach Rick Carlisle, then played briefly in the Development League. West, who has had a pair of stints with the Celtics, said the time away has been rewarding and therapeutic. “This, in a way, has been the biggest blessing of my life,” he said. “This has given me time to grow. I’m just looking for answers, and all of the things I have been searching for, as a man, not as an athlete, to complete me. In that time period I met my wife and have had a beautiful son, and it’s like everything is falling in place. “Back in December or January, I stopped trying to trust in man and fight these battles by myself. I just handed the keys to the man upstairs and let him drive. It’s been the biggest blessing of my life. I have so much to be grateful for, thankful for, and I have a lot to play for now.” Boston Globe

Reflection has been a consistent theme for West the past 12 months. He stopped tweeting and allowing outside interests to affect his passion for basketball. “Over this last year, this whole social media hasn’t done any justice for any players, really in all walks of sports,” he said. “You have so many people who are waiting for you to say the wrong thing. You can say 100 things right and then say one thing wrong and the world is going to go crazy. So, I left that alone. I retired my rap career. That didn’t help, either. “That doesn’t mean I’m crazy, man. I’m talented, but at the same time once you have a stigma hanging over you, you can be misinterpreted. But that’s all right, though.” Boston Globe

August 1, 2013 Updates
July 30, 2013 Updates

The Knicks have had "conversations" with representatives for free-agent guard Delonte West, a league source confirmed. The team has not offered West a contract and, the source cautioned, there is no guarantee that an offer is coming. The Knicks have three open roster spots, so they have room to bring West in, if they choose. GM Glen Grunwald said recently that the team is open to adding a backup guard and a big man. West could fill the void at backup guard. ESPN.com

July 29, 2013 Updates
July 27, 2013 Updates

The New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies are on the lookout for a backup point guard and according to a source close to the situation, both teams have inquired about the services of Delonte West. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says talks between the two teams have ramped up recently, however they are termed as being “preliminary at this point” with no offers presented as of yet. CSNNW.com

Allen may be trying to bring another shooter to Memphis, namely former Celtics teammate Delonte West. He brought it up on Twitter in reply to a post about the Grizzlies’ needs Thursday and said Friday he was “just speaking out, being silly.” Was he? “Everybody knows what the Grizzlies need until they get out there and put on a uniform,” Allen said, then smiled. “I responded to one of them. They said we needed a back-up point guard. He’s available. I would love to have him.” Fox Sports Tennessee

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

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