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D-League Legends acquire Delonte West

1/25/2013

Delonte West is officially a D-Leaguer.

The Texas Legends announced the acquisition of the colorful former Mavericks guard Friday. West made himself eligible for the D-League player pool this week, and Donnie Nelson’s Legends were at the front of the waiver line. West is expected to join the Legends within a few days.

The Mavs released West just before this season opened after twice suspending him during training camp for conduct detrimental to the team. The 29-year-old West was a valuable role player during his lone season in Dallas, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists while playing tenacious defense at both guard spots.

West, who has also played for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Seattle Supersonics during his eight-year career, hopes to earn another shot in the NBA via the D-League.

However, that isn’t likely to happen with the Mavs, who dismissed West in large part due to concerns about the influence he could have on the team’s younger players. All indications are the Mavs intend to keep Mike James for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expires. The Mavs signed the 37-year-old point guard after his two-game stint with the Frisco-based Legends.

UPDATE: Mark Cuban ruled out West returning to the Mavs. "Not gonna happen," Cuban said Friday night.