Saturday, March 16, 2013
Source: West on Knicks' radar
By Ian Begley
The New York Knicks are monitoring Delonte West's D-League game on Saturday night to take a look at the talented-but-troubled guard, a source told Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
Monitoring West and signing him are two very different commitments, but the Knicks have several holes to plug on the roster, so it makes sense that they'd take a look at West.
Delonte West has averaged 9.6 points per game during his career.
The Dallas Mavericks waived West earlier this season following two suspensions for conduct detrimental to the team. He was expected to suit up for the D-Leauge's Texas Legends on Saturday after a prolonged absence from the team.
The eight-year veteran was a valuable role player for Dallas' backcourt last season. But West, 29, saw limited playing time in the preseason behind younger guards Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo.
West, who has bipolar disorder, was released after getting involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason. He was then picked up by the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in late January but hadn't reported to the team.
If the Knicks like what they see and decide to add West, they'd have to release someone to make room for him.
With Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace out for the remainder of the regular season, Mike Woodson said recently that he would huddle with general manager Glen Grunwald in the near future to discuss adding a player to the roster. It would make sense to add a big man, but there aren't many attractive options.
West could provide a scoring boost off the bench for the Knicks. The second-unit's offense took a major hit when Stoudemire went down. West could also help push the tempo in the second unit and, like J.R. Smith, could give Mike Woodson another guard capable of creating his own shot.
West would be eligible for the Knicks' postseason roster because he was not under contract with an NBA team prior to March 1.