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After two full years out of the league, veteran guard Delonte West is making the bold, necessary pivotal step towards resurrecting his NBA career by electing to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League and reaching an agreement to suit up for the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources informed CSNNW.com.
His unwavering desire to once again play at the highest level is a goal he’s fixated on procuring for next season, one of the sources explained. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity due to an official announcement yet to be made by the team.
Clippers head coach and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers, has always been fond of West as a player and a person dating back to when he coached him as head coach of the Boston Celtics.
West, 30, played the 2013-14 season for Fujian Xunxing of the Chinese Basketball Association in which the 6-3 guard led them to a 26-8 record while averaging a staggering 22.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
When his season concluded in China, the Clippers and New York Knicks seriously considered signing him to a contract but chose to go in a different direction, according to a source close to the situation.
Summer League will allow him the platform to show not just the Clippers, but the entire league, that he hasn’t lost a step and that he’s still that versatile combo-guard threat that provides suffocating defense on a nightly basis.
Prior to going overseas, West played eight seasons in the NBA with stops in Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Dallas. He has a career average of 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and shoots 37 percent from three-point range.
To find out what it has been like for Delonte West the last two years, check out this fascinating, informative, long-form piece produced by Slate.