Delonte West Does D-League U-Turn

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Delonte West has pulled an Allen Iverson and decided that the D-League isn’t for him.

Iverson, though, never actually signed a contract. He simply turned down an offer earlier this week to play for the Texas Legends, the affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, as a means to help attract the attention of NBA teams. West did indeed sign a contract last week to play for the Legends, who are co-owned by Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

According to a source with knowledge of West’s thinking, the troubled combo guard has decided not to play in the D-League against the advisement of his representation. West is represented by agent Dan Fegan. The source said that NBA teams have been reluctant to bring in West, even on a 10-day contract, until he gets back on the court and they see him play. The Memphis Grizzlies recently kicked around the idea of offering West a 10-day contract, but no offer materialized.

Earlier on Friday, a league source said that West is in the process of changing agents, which could be delaying his arrival in Texas. That is, if it happens at all. As of Friday night, West’s name was on the Legends’ roster on the team website, although no number had been issued. Legends officials did not immediately answer messages Friday night.

While Iverson’s return to the NBA certainly appears as though it might never happen, he is 37 and had an All-Star career. West, 29, needs to get back in the league if he hopes to salvage a career that veered off course with his arrest in 2009 when he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He has since had a brief second stint with the Boston Celtics and played the 2011-12 season with the Mavs on a veteran minimum, one-year contract. West, who is bipolar and has struggled with money issues, signed another one-year deal to return to Dallas this season.

But twice during training camp the team suspended him for conduct it deemed detrimental to the team and they waived him just days before the start of the season.

West had been upset with his contract situation and with what he saw as an overcrowded backcourt after the team brought in Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo and Dahntay Jones to go with holdovers Vince Carter, Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones, plus first-round pick Jared Cunningham.

West reportedly wanted to join the Legends with hopes that he could show the Mavs he was ready to be a part of their team again. However, last Friday night Mavs owner Mark Cuban made it clear that he had no intention of bringing back West. Dallas signed veteran guard Mike James last Sunday for the remainder of the season after he exhausted two 10-day contracts.

Now, by opting not to play in the D-League, West could be throwing away his career.


  1. cp10 says:

    Delonte why are you having money issues? Get your act together & stay clean & healthy. You represent DC dawg, times have changed, being gangsta’s out.

  2. Najee says:

    Is he stupid. Delonte West is a good player but he’s no superstar. Plus, he has a reputation for being a troublemaker. This is the only way he’s goin to get back in the league at this point. The same goes for Allen Iverson. If Mike James could can take the D-League rout, why cant they? You wanna no why. Their egos and their pride. Sometimes you have to put that aside.

  3. thatguy says:

    yoo texas wheres my invite .
    since u already offered 2 and got no luck…lol. these ball players and their egos man.smfh

  4. Clone says:

    Sending proven players to the D-league is insulting srsly… is that the new fashion in the NBA?
    The Mavs knew he was a bit crazy before they gave him his 1st contract, since that West helped them to grab many important wins, getting some of VC’s & Kidd’s minutes and most of Roddy’s playing time…
    A.I., a superstar..MVP..franchise player.., anybody thinks a guy of that caliber will sign to play in the D-league?? :p

    If tomorrow ShaQ decides to come back to help some fellas in a run, will u send him in D-league to prove himself?
    When M.Jordan will come back to play for is 50’s, will he go to play with his d-league affiliate team to prove he can still play a game?

    • JummyJazz says:

      I’m with you here. If there worried about conditioning, test them out. They got no need to show there skills in d league.

    • uptothetask says:

      difference here is that west IS being asked to.

      Insulting or not, its what he needs to do to get back.

    • LaBaby says:

      Shaq has 4 rings, Jordan has 6 rings.. A.I has none.
      Sad to see his legacy cut short and his climb up the all time scorers ladder but in the end, it was his attitude to others that didn’t kiss the ground he walked on that cut his career short.

  5. Angus angus says:

    Celtics should sign Allen Iversen inorder to have a scoring pg

  6. dee says:

    Listen west if u take time to read little ppl post like me…..and I use the term to say this u have a chance to salvage ur carrier and still play ball..broughhh”go to the d league turn it up like u can do…Dogg I watch ball on heavy rotation u played wit lebron and u played well…listen we all make mistakes in life some bigger than others but who cares that’s how we learn not to do that act gain….so please report to work…..millions like my self wish they could play ball for a living orbin your case at least given the shot…show up o work……I like ur game

  7. Valter says:

    Pulled an Allen Iverson? Iverson is a future HOF and one of the best pure scorers of all time. Considering his size, this guy is probably the best pure scorer to play the game. Yes, even better than MJ himself and Carmelo. Playing in Philly with role players and single handedly getting 2games in the Finals against KobeShaq combo is not for everyone.

    • Average Joe says:

      The point was he declined to play in the D-League, as Iverson did. I thought the author pretty much explained that.

  8. Ooops-now that i finished reading whole article-lol-& long as he could keep issues w/ team in check.

  9. I agree w/ first two comments, he’s a great solid player. I wouldn’t mind him back w/ my Celts as long as he kept off court issues totally in check.

  10. Chester says:

    What is with these guys? The teams dont owe them anything. Its up to them to be professional and earn the respect to get back to the big show

  11. KobeWhiner says:

    why does some players doesnt cherish what they have, great number of players wanna make it to the nba and some that do make it like delonte they just wasting and throwing away their opportunities.

  12. wooderson says:

    the sooner the nba rids itself with the scumbags like west the better

  13. iivviiccaa79 says:

    I dont get this West guy, no one is willin to sign him in NBA, he has no money, and he still thinks of himself as too good for D League..

  14. Clippersfan4471 says:

    West is doing himself no favours. How can he expect to get another playing contract when he wont play??? If there are more reasons, he needs to come out and explain himself. Until then he looks like another spoilt little brat who can’t handle being mature enough to “re-earn” his place. How many guys would do anything for a chance to impress NBA scouts??? Doesn’t make sense?

  15. jerikobe says:

    sad not to see him playing, like rudy fernandez, farmar,sasha,

  16. Wade says:

    I agree with the first comment. West was a solid contributor for us before he had that hand injury. However, he must realize we still have a solid backcourt (even without Rondo) and he will spend time on the bench until he can prove himself.

    • has a boston celtics big fan from the marshall islands… west should go back to boston to prove the world that he is one of the top 10 veteran point guard in NBA… WE NEED U NOW OR NEVER

  17. carl johnson says:

    Delonte should head back to the Celtics as Rajon Rondo is out i really fancy the times he used to play there and i beleve he should go back to Bostonn