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Delonte West, trying to resurrect career, will play in Summer League for Clippers

Jun 5, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

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When last we saw Delonte West, the Dallas Mavericks — arguably the most player-friendly organization in the NBA — let him go at the end of training camp after he clashed with management. He couldn’t get back into the league after that.

West is trying to get back his image and his NBA life. He talked openly with Slate about being perceived as a person he is not. Yes, he has battled a bipolar disorder, and as we have seen with Royce White and others fitting that kind of mental challenge into the NBA life is not easy. But a lot of things rumored to have happened didn’t (nobody reasonable around the league buys the LeBron rumor, only fans seeking titillation latch on).

West is trying to get back in the league at age 30. That is going to start this summer in the D-League, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

Can he make it back?

Talent isn’t the question. Back in 2012, his last season in Dallas, West averaged 9.6 points a game, shot 35.5 percent from three and had a PER right at the league average of 15.3. He brings versatility to the table — West can penetrate, dish, knock down open looks and is a solid defender. A lot of teams could use a guy like him as a veteran backup point guard.

The question is would he be worth the potential distractions? This is the guy who gave Gordon Hayward a “Wet Willie” during an NBA game, who has been arrested on gun charges (something he thought was blown out of proportion), who has presented a series of challenges for teams that had him. The Mavericks let him go for a reason.

But if he can prove the off-the-court stuff is in the past, he can make it on the court. That starts in Las Vegas in July.

  1. jamesk2465 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    he was always a good player, but that Lebron mom whole thing sorta black-balled him.

    • chargerdillon - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I disagree. Lots of players look really good playing with Lebron James on their team.

      It’s a lot easier for people to have believed that stupid rumor because Lebron flipped the switch and ultimately quit that last playoff series with the Cavs. It was very uncharacteristic for a guy who was virtually unstoppable.

      But to further the point, when Lebron did flip that switch there wasn’t a single player including West who had anything to contribute.

  2. ravenswhat - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    You mess with the King, you get blacklisted. What Delonte did to Lebron in Cle?? Unforgivable!!

  3. dollasnsense - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    You come at the King, you best not miss…

  4. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Can he make it back? Does anyone care??????

  5. saint1997 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Las Vegas – a great place for redemption

  6. jamesmfitzpatrick - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    If he fails, at least he knows that if Gloria James gets into “the biz,” he’ll always have a job.

  7. thomaskouns - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Bro, stay on your mess this time.

  8. mnsadsportsfan - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    He is also trying to resurrect Lebrons mom

  9. misremembered72 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    People hate on Delonte because to the casual fan he is an obscure player with a colorful background (plus the Lebron rumors) but the dude could be a valuable role player on almost any team. Great on ball defender with a never ending motor that has handles, can distribute and can hit shots. If you’re strictly talking on court talent, he’s somebody you want.

    Hard worker too

  10. duhwighthoward - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    He’s probably broke already.

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