The New York Knicks are still in the market for a reserve point guard following the retirement of Jason Kidd, and reports from Comcast SportsNet suggest that Delonte West could be that guy for the team.
The Memphis Grizzlies are also in the market for a reserve point guard, though, and they could prove to be New York's biggest competition in luring the 30-year-old to Madison Square Garden. Mo Williams could satisfy the needs of Memphis, but West's affordability makes him the more attractive option.
West last played in the NBA in 2011-12 with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 24.1 minutes per contest. He showed how efficient he could be in terms of scoring, as he shot 46.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range. He also played well in the playoffs, shooting 50 percent from deep en route to 7.5 points per game.
West has played for four teams in his eight-year career. He began with the Boston Celtics, starting each of the 71 games he played in during his second season. Two seasons later, he played with the Seattle Supersonics for half a season before being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One more trip to Boston for the 2010-11 season was the final spot before playing for Dallas.
The Mavericks cut him prior to last season due to disciplinary reasons, and he has struggled to find work in the NBA since. A role with the Knicks could be exactly what the troubled guard needs to revitalize his career. With Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni in the fold, West would not be asked to play a huge role.
With Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and an eventually healthy J.R. Smith at shooting guard would pretty much be emergency depth and a player that could average no more than 10 minutes per game. For a player that hasn't played in over a season and is looking for a rebirth, the Knicks represent the best situation available.
General manager Glen Grunwald should be more than willing to bring West aboard. He's looking for talent to fill out his roster at this point in the offseason and, with little funds available, West could provide the most bang for the least buck. West is in no position to name his price, so Grunwald can offer his remaining cap space to bring him in.
West likely won't be a game-changer for the Knicks, but he's certainly worth a contract. His experience and motivation to establish a better reputation for himself make him a more ideal option for the Knicks than much younger, less experienced players.
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