Saturday , Aug , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Delonte West`s Summer of Hell continues

Delonte West, who played last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been suspended without pay for ten games for pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun, in violation of the law of the State of Maryland, the NBA announced today. West is currently a free agent. If he signs a contract to play again in the NBA, West’s suspension will begin with the first game of the NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When it rains, it becomes a tropical hurricane for Delonte West.

Last spring, West’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers had the league’s top regular season record and were favoured to win the championship.

Then the mother of all rumors started: West was allegedly ‘knocking boots’ with a certain superstar teammate’s mom. Many players have confirmed the rumor, while the superstar in question never denied it.    

Of course, the final year in West’s contract wasn’t guaranteed, so the Cavaliers, following the fallout from The Decision, traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The T-Wolves then took advantage of the potential cap savings by buying out his $4.6 million salary for a measly half million bucks.

Let’s review West’s last few months: crappy playoffs, accused of sleeping with teammate’s mom, traded to Timberwolves, bought out by Timberwolves, $3.9 million poorer.

Ouch!

And then today the NBA suspended him ten games for various legal infractions. Whenever and wherever he signs, the combo guard will automatically miss a dime-pack of action.

Tragically, this isn’t West’s greatest battle. He suffers from various mental illnesses. Hopefully, he’s managing and gets his career on track soon.

–Oly Sandor.

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