- Marc Stein, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West, out of the NBA since his release in November, has entered the D-League's player pool, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Memphis Grizzlies are still weighing whether to sign West to a 10-day contract this week.
But if the Grizzlies pass, West would be eligible to join the team at the front of the D-League waiver line, which sources say is the Donnie Nelson-owned Texas Legends, Frisco-based affiliate of the Mavericks.
Sources say that West hopes to play his way back into the league just like Mike James did earlier this month, earning a call-up from the Mavericks after a brief but successful stint in Frisco. James is nearing the end of his second 10-day contract with the Mavs and, according sources, is a strong possibility to be signed for the rest of the season next week.
A source close to West told Jeff "Skin" Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the guard prefers a potential situation with the Legends to the Grizzlies scenario in hopes that a good showing with the D-League team could put him back into favor with the Mavs, who released him before the regular season began.
The Legends, according to sources, made arrangements earlier Wednesday to bring back former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants, who played for Texas in the club's debut season in 2010-11. Because the Legends still held McCants' D-League rights, they don't have to wait out the waiver process to sign him.
McCants, 28, last played in the NBA with Sacramento in 2009 and is trying to play his way back into the league. ESPN.com reported in November that the Indiana Pacers expressed interested in McCants, but the high-scoring swingman signed in China when no NBA deal materialized. He averaged nearly 20 points per game this season for Foshan before the Chinese club elected to let him go.