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Delonte West wants back in the NBA

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02:09 PM ET 07.22 | It's the weekend of July 21, 2013, and Summer League is going strong in Las Vegas. There, deep in the desert city that is one day destined to host an NBA team, a plethora of unproven rookies and borderline veterans are playing like their careers depend on it. Twelve hundred miles away in Dallas, in a multi-room apartment he shares with his pregnant wife, Delonte West alternatively works out anxiously and waits by his phone eagerly. He knows his eight-year NBA career hangs in the balance. And West knows, after being cut this past October 29 by the Dallas Mavericks for disciplinary reasons and sitting out the entire 2012-13 season, that he's not ready for it to be over. "I had tears in my eyes watching games this past year -- not because I'm bipolar, but because I'm sitting at home and miss the game," West says. "When my agent calls, I'm going to be on the next flight. Not to be cocky, but some teams that are trying to win are one guard away, one guy that can make a couple great plays away from going to the Finals. "Well, I'm right here," he continues. "Y'all know it and I know it." Yes, a lot of people do know that the 6-3 West has the skills to be on an NBA roster. "He could definitely provide depth at guard for a contender," says one NBA scout who asked to remain anonymous. Those same people, though, also offer doubts. "Talent isn't the question," says the scout. "It comes down to whether or not he's worth the potential off-court headache."

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July 22, 2013  02:15 PM ET

The money and ladies would be hard to resist. Are NBA players the new 'rock stars'?

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July 22, 2013  03:20 PM ET
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Why are so many comments being deleted today?

Touchy mod.

July 22, 2013  03:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why are so many comments being deleted today?

This time It Really Wasn't Me.

July 22, 2013  03:55 PM ET
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Why are so many comments being deleted today?

its that time of the month

July 22, 2013  04:16 PM ET

When you play with the best players couch that's what you get...

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July 22, 2013  04:51 PM ET

I think joining LeBron in Miami would be perfect.

July 22, 2013  05:08 PM ET

His wife is pregnant again? I thought he already had like 8 kids.

July 22, 2013  05:08 PM ET

Lebron black balled him. No team wants to go near West fearing the day Lebron makes "The Decision PT.2"

July 22, 2013  05:09 PM ET
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I think joining LeBron in Miami would be perfect.

Cause of gloria?

Anyway, how many guards do the knicks have? Maybe he could go there

July 22, 2013  05:51 PM ET

Learn how to pump gas... That is probably you next career while living under a bridge...

July 22, 2013  06:08 PM ET
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Learn how to pump gas... That is probably you next career while living under a bridge...

That's absolete! Nobody pump gas anymore!

July 22, 2013  06:13 PM ET
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That's absolete! Nobody pump gas anymore!

There are still a few full service stations around........

July 22, 2013  06:15 PM ET

Go to China Bro!

July 22, 2013  06:25 PM ET

He would work in Indiana

 
July 22, 2013  06:34 PM ET
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Cause of gloria?Anyway, how many guards do the knicks have? Maybe he could go there

Manhattan could be the island of misfit players.

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