Tag: Delonte West


Friday And-1 links: Training camp notes… and JaVale Mcgee


Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• JaVale McGee on a Segway, riding a rainbow road. Some days the Internet amazes you. Thank you, The Basketball Jones.

 Three Magic players will be out for at least the start of training camp: Al Harrington is fighting a toe injury; Moe Harkless is not fully recovered from hernia surgery; and Ish Smith had shoulder surgery and is not yet recovered.

Charles Barkley is making headlines talking Tiger Woods.

• Delonte West is back in the recording studio, laying down hip hop tracks.

• Which is better than this — a 7-minute freestyle rap about Steve Nash and Goran Dragic.

• The Raptors are bringing in guard Jerel McNeal and forward Chris Wright as training camp fodder.

• Heat guard Norris Cole Norris Cole suffered what is described as a minor groin injury. He is expected to be fine for training camp.

• Former Nets lottery pick Terrence Williams agreed to an NBA minimum, non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons. Don’t bet on him making the final roster.

• Andre Emmett reached an agreement to come to camp with the Bulls.

• Othello Hunter reached a deal to play next season with CB Valladolid in Spain.

• The Shanghai Sharks are “moving in” on a deal with D.J. White, reports to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Is Daryl Morey following the Danny Ainge playbook?

Daryl Morey

For the past few years, the Rockets have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity — not terrible, fighting for a bottom playoff seed and either way ending up with a pick in the middle of the first round somewhere. Not a bad team, not a contender, just a team riding along in the middle.

Daryl Morey is done with that. The Rockets GM is making moves that could make the Rockets instantly very good (trading for Dwight Howard) but more likely very bad in the short term. Gone are Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Courtney Lee, Samuel Dalembert and everybody but Kevin Martin.

Either way, the goal is the same — getting the Rockets the superstar player they need to build around. Peter May brakes it down at the Off The Dribble blog at the New York Times.

Morey, who spent time with the Boston Celtics during the last decade before moving to Houston, is trying to recreate what Danny Ainge did in Boston to acquire Kevin Garnett. Ainge succeeded by developing young players (Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Delonte West) to the point that they became valuable trading chips in deals a month apart for Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007.

“It’s very similar to what Boston did,” Morey said. “Hopefully, it will yield the same result.”

Morey hopes to land Howard with that, or maybe Andrew Bynum from the Lakers in a three-team deal. If not, if they are terrible, the Rockets will have a lot of ping-pong balls in the lottery. They also have a pick from the Raptors next draft.

One way or another, the Rockets are breaking out of the cycle of mediocrity. And that’s a good thing.

Wednesday And-1 links: Team USA on Segways


After a little hiatus, here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• As you can see from the photo to the right, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant and James Harden went tooling around Barcelona on Segways. Even they cannot look cool riding a Segway. And how tall does this make Durant?

• Yao Ming things Jeremy Lin landing in Houston is a great fit.

• The Grizzlies want to bring back Iranian big man Hamed Haddadi and are working to re-sign him.

• How consistently you drain threes depends on arc and form. But arc is key.

• The Celtics have signed Dionte Christmas to a partially guaranteed contract (which means they can cut him and not pay him everything, consider this a camp invite).

We showed you earlier why Raptors fans should be pumped, but just a reminder that they inked Jonas Valanciunas to his rookie contract.

• NBA stat heads are going to love what is coming to NBA.com. You can bet you’ll be seeing some of that here.

• Want to have dinner with Magic Johnson then head to courtside seats for a Lakers game? You can do it, it’s the prize in an online charity auction to support RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s (which works to bring New York City’s underprivileged children access and exposure to the arts). So, it’s going to cost you a few bucks. But, it goes to a good cause. You can bid now through Aug. 8.

• Or man Rob Mahoney breaks down why Dallas bringing back Delonte West was a very good thing.

• O.J. Mayo could have selected a lot of places to play, but he wanted Dallas to be the spot.

• Grant Hill is happy to be a Clipper. Three years ago we never wrote that sentence about anyone.

• This is what Rockets GM Daryl Morey sounds like when testy in an interview.

Jerry West talks Steve Nash to the Lakers and Dwight Howard.

• This is a little old, but Josh Smith is pumped about the upcoming season in Atlanta — and thinks Dwight Howard would be, too.

Delonte West reaches one-year deal to return to Mavericks


The chances of us seeing another “Wet Willy” in the NBA next season just went up.

The Dallas Mavericks have reached a one-year deal to bring back Delonte West, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. We don’t know the size of the deal yet (likely the veteran minimum), but being just one year it does not mess with the franchise’s plans to go after major free agent.

West played well for the Mavericks, averaging 9.6 points per game, until he suffered a broken finger — one so severe it required pins to set straight — that had him out for the rest of the season.

This was mutual, Dallas wanted him back and he wanted to return. But the landscape is different. Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo will be the starting backcourt and West will come off the bench, fighting for playing time with Rodrigue Beaubois and Dahntay Jones. But West will get minutes because of his play at both ends of the floor.

Mavericks still want to keep Delonte West on the roster

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When healthy last season, Delonte West played pretty well for the Dallas Mavericks — 9.6 points per game on 46 percent shooting with a PER of 15.3 Those are solid minutes, which is why he started 33 games for them.

And why they want him back.

Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson told the Star-Telegram he has targeted getting West back.

“We’ve got 15 spots and 13 players are under contract,’’ general manager Donnie Nelson told fishbowlradionetwork.com on Monday. “We’ve got a little work to do yet, hopefully Delonte will slide into one of those spots.

“If that’s the case that’ll be great.’’

After that, the Mavericks may keep that final roster spot open, giving them flexibility should someone come on the market they want to sign, or to take on an extra player in a trade. Look for Dallas to only offer West a one-year deal as they try to keep their financial flexibility heading into next summer.