New York Knicks: Delonte West

Source: Knicks interested in Delonte West

July, 30, 2013
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The Knicks have had "conversations" with representatives for free-agent guard Delonte West, a league source confirmed. The team has not offered West a contract and, the source cautioned, there is no guarantee that an offer is coming.

The Knicks have three open roster spots, so they have room to bring West in, if they choose. GM Glen Grunwald said recently that the team is open to adding a backup guard and a big man. West could fill the void at backup guard.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezDelonte West's last NBA action was with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season.
The talented but troubled 30-year-old last played in the NBA in 2011-12. He suited up in eight games for the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate, in 2012-13, averaging 10 points on 35 percent shooting.

The conversations between West's representatives and the Knicks, which were first reported by CSNNW.com, are believed to be preliminary.

In addition to West, the Knicks have shown interest in other young guards to fill their void on the bench. New York was impressed by the play of Toure' Murry in the summer league and has extended a training camp invite to the former D-Leaguer. They also have reportedly shown interest in Bobby Brown. Grunwald has said that he may leave one or two roster spots open to give a training camp invitee the chance to earn a spot, leaving open the possibility for a player like Murry to earn a roster spot with a strong performance in camp.

New York is also said to be in the market for a backup big man to spell Tyson Chandler. The Knicks were impressed by the play of 6-foot-10 big man Jeremy Tyler during summer league. Tyler told reporters in Las Vegas that the Knicks have extended a training camp offer to him.

A league source familiar with the team's thinking said late last week that the Knicks are "standing pat" in the free-agent market for the moment.

If the Knicks choose to add West, it wouldn't be without risk. They'd be bringing in a player who was released by the Mavericks after two locker-room incidents at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Also, there is no guarantee that West can play at the level he showed two years ago.

Those are factors that the Knicks would have to weigh if they decided to offer West a contract.

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Source: West on Knicks' radar

March, 16, 2013
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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.

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Glenn James/NBAE/Getty ImagesDelonte 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.

James White, Pablo Prigioni and Kurt Thomas would be among the candidates to be waived to make room for West, should the Knicks choose to sign him.

Wallace, who is out until at least the first round of the playoffs following surgery to repair a broken left foot, will not be waived, according to Woodson.

QUESTION: Do you think the Knicks should add West?

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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