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Delonte West will not be playing overseas, a judge said so

Aug 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

Delonte West

In some ways, Delonte West is the kind of NBA player who should be looking overseas during the lockout.

He’s a free agent so he doesn’t need an opt-out clause if he doesn’t want it. And while West makes good money by your and my standards (he made $1 million last season) he is not making stratospheric NBA money — he has a limited window of time to make as much money as he can and taking a year off is not ideal.

But West isn’t going anywhere, and his legal troubles are to blame. He tweeted this Thursday:

Can’t even go get that over seas money.. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country…

Remember West was arrested in September of 2009 West when speeding through Maryland on a three-wheel motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and a hunting knife. All without a permit. He took a plea deal that included parole.

So West will not be getting any money from a team in China, nor even reaching a deal to be in British soap operas.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Assuming his mental health is there, West is the kind of player who hangs on in the NBA for years. He is a good defender with an excellent basketball IQ who can knock down an open mid range shot. You will look up one day and he will be 35 years old playing as a backup PG on a contending team.

  2. kspl1 - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Lebrons mom will keep him busy during the lockout

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