Delonte West fails to sign with LA Clippers, goes to China again


delonte-west-dallasFormer NBA player Delonte West spent his last season in China, and it seems like he will return there by the time another NBA season takes off.

West will spend next season playing for the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

West, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012, has reportedly signed on to play in China. A spot on the Clippers’ summer-league roster didn’t lead to any NBA opportunities.

ProBasketBall Talk says at 31 West just may not be able to compete at an NBA level anymore, which doesn’t mean he won’t be able to find a spot on a team outside of the league. In China, for example.

The Chinese season ends before the NBA’s so, West could catch on somewhere mid-season.

According to CSN Northwest, West signed a one-year deal with Fujian Xunxing of China last year. Former NBA player 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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