Ex-NBA guard West signs with Chinese team

delonte-westFree agent Delonte West, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2012, has signed on to play in China.

According to CSN Northwest, West signed a one-year deal with Fujian Xunxing of China. West, 30, will have the opportunity to latch onto an NBA team once the Chinese Basketball Association’s season concludes in February.

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.

He was with the Dallas Mavericks in training camp but was too much of a problem for them to hold on to. West is aparently looking for a guaranteed deal, something that’s going to be hard to find considering his history.

But taking the money and spending a year in China, waiting for the latter part of the year when teams start looking for veterans to contribute (much like the Spurs did with Tracy McGrady last year) isn’t the worst plan.

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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