Eight-year veteran Delonte West is on the NBA comeback trail with the Los Angeles Clippers after a two-year hiatus from the league.
According to a report by CSNNW, the embattled guard will join the Clippers’ Las Vegas Summer League team in search of a contract from any of the 30 teams. Though an official announcement has not been made by the club, the report illuminates West’s relationship with Clippers coach and Senior VP of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers, from their days with the Boston Celtics.
Released by the Dallas Mavericks before the 2012-13 season, West was unable to latch onto another club in part due to the distractions that seemed to follow him through each of his five stints around the league.
West recently opened up to Slate about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, his past and how much of his public persona is founded on false or exaggerated stories.
Off-court problems aside, West has kept himself busy with basketball. He spent the 2013-14 season in the Chinese Basketball Association with Fujian Xunxing. The 6’3″ guard averaged 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in leading his team to a 26-8 record.
The oft-troubled veteran has career NBA averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds and played in Boston, Seattle, Cleveland and Dallas. He is a 37.2 percent shooter from downtown and plays solid lockdown defense on the perimeter.
The Las Vegas Summer League begins July 11 and features 24 teams (23 from the NBA and one made up of D-League ‘All-Stars’).