When last we heard from Delonte West he had signed to play for Yao Ming’s team in China, the country where a number of aging stars have gone to get another payday.
Now he may be on his way back to the D-League.
That’s one step from the NBA, where he hasn’t played since 2012. But it’s a big step, one that would be difficult for West to make. But it appears he’s going to get a chance to showcase what he can do, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
West used to have skills on the court — his last season in Dallas he averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game, shot 35.5 percent from three and played solid defense. He’s the kind of role player a number of teams could use. In theory. However, now he’s age 32 (when guard’s skills often start to fade). More importantly, for teams the disruptions off the court are not worth what he brings. Remember, Mark Cuban and his player-friendly Mavericks cut West loose because of the distractions.
In the 2012-13 season, West played eight games for Texas in the D-League, scoring 10.3 points a game but shooting just 35.1 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three.
I’d be very surprised if he got back to the NBA. But he’s going to get a look.