Delonte West’s 13 dependents may not struggle through poverty much longer (kidding, guys). The guard is reportedly receiving interest from the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the Chinese Basketball Association’s defending champions. (Sheridan Hoops)
Including Yi, the defending champions have eight national team players and a number of national youth team players. Their only American player for now is James Singleton, but the club is contacting Rodney Stuckey and Delonte West, one of whom may come to China, sources told me.
The Shanghai Sharks had previously shown interest in West, but he tweeted in August, ““Can’t even get that over seas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country” and decided to move furniture instead.
I’m not sure the exact terms of West’s probation. China might still be out of the picture. But West is off house arrest and most players would run through a pit of fire to compete alongside Yi Jianlian and James Singleton.
Don’t worry, guys. Another joke. If he did sign in China, West’s contract would prohibit him from returning to the United States until the end of the Chinese season. The rule was designed to keep NBA players from fleeing when the lockout ended, but apparently J.R. Smith wants to return already.
I feel you, J.R. The FIBA three-point line just isn’t deep enough for a gunner like you.
P.S. – For what it’s worth, West tweeted on Nov. 13 that he can’t wait to get back to Boston. Please stay true to your word, Mr. West.
UPDATE (9:04 a.m.) – Guandong reportedly signed Aaron Brooks, meaning West probably isn’t an option regardless of his legal situation.