Chinese team releases ex-NBA player due to “drop in performance”

delonte-west-lookingFormer NBA player Delonte West spent his last season in China, however this year he’s not so lucky, as it’s been a rough ride for him.

West, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012, signed on to play in China with Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks for a non-guaranteed contract worth nearly $500,000 that could have reached $1 million with incentives, according to ESPN.

However, only after four games, Sharks decided to release West, due to his low performance.

“Honestly, we did not expect such a drop in performance,” coach Ma Yuenan told reporters.

For comparisons, West averaged 12.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg in four games, while for Fujian Xunxing last season he averaged as much as 23.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

Theoretically, West does have a chance to get on an NBA team, as the season has just started, however his off-court issues and age may stand in the way.

West has been trying to get back in the league after off-court issues including a 2009 arrest involving weapons have painted him as a problem.

West played 8 seasons in the NBA, for Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. He averaged career high 12.2 ppg and 4.4 apg for Boston in 2006-07.

In his last season with Mavericks, West averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.2 apg in 24.1 mpg. He played a total of 432 NBA games thus far (258 started), averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.6 apg in 27.4 mpg.


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