Delonte West Won’t Play In D-League After All
Delonte West made news last week when it was reported that he would be playing in the D-League. West has not been able to find an NBA team to take him on, and it was thought that he was desperate enough to give the D-League a shot.
Well, looks like he changed his mind, as he will not be doing that after all.
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.
It’s pretty easy to understand why NBA teams are hesitant to offer him a contract. West is certainly a talented player, and there are teams around the league that could use his services. The risk of the extra baggage that comes along with Delonte pushes plenty of coaches and executives away from him.