The Dallas Mavericks NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, Texas Legends, announced yesterday that they acquired forward Delonte West.
West, an eight-year veteran of the NBA who has played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Seattle Supersonics, played for the Mavericks prior to being released in November after being suspended twice during training camp for “conduct detrimental to the team.” The team was concerned with West’s influence on the younger players. He was replaced by back-up Mike James who is currently on his second 10-day contract and it’s reported that he’ll be kept for the rest of the season after this contract expires.
Speculation was that West would once again play for the Mavericks, but owner Mark Cuban says it’s not a possibility.
“Not gonna happen,” Mark Cuban said, cutting off any speculation that the Mavs might welcome back West. “That doesn’t mean we don’t like Delonte, care about him as a person, want to help him get back on track.”
The way that West came to be associated with the Dallas affiliate once again is also somewhat of a coincidence as the Legends were at the top of the waiver list when West added himself to the D-league players pool. West is hoping to work his way back to the NBA through the D-league. He can sign with any NBA team during his time with the Legends.
“This is all about opportunity,” said Nelson, a co-owner of the Legends. “This is Delonte joining the league and getting back in front of NBA teams’ eyes.”
West is not yet with the team but is to be joining them within the next few days.
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