Delonte West joins D-League team

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 25, 2013
Guard Delonte West has been acquired by the Texas Legends, setting him up in the NBA Development League three months after he left the Dallas Mavericks following a pair of suspensions. West was waived on October after two suspensions in as many weeks for conduct detrimental to the Mavericks. West, an eighth-year pro who has bipolar disorder, was involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason, and was on his second straight one-year contract for the veteran minimum, which was $1.2 million this season. Part of West's value a year ago came from being a younger, experienced player to help point guard Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. The Mavericks now have a much younger backcourt in Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo. West, a first-round pick by Boston 2004 NBA Draft, averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 per game for his career, which also included stops in Cleveland and Dallas. West helped his team to postseason play in six of his eight seasons in the NBA. The Texas Legends, with the addition of West, currently have five former first-round picks on the roster, and West also makes the seventh player on the current roster with NBA experience (Justin Dentmon, Melvin Ely, Luther Head, Rashad McCants, Sean Singletary, Delonte West, Sean Williams).
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