According to Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet NorthWest, the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies have engaged in contract talks with talented but troubled guard Delonte West.
Following two separate arguments after preseason losses, West was waived by the Mavericks. Beginning in March, he played a portion of the season with the team’s D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
According to Haynes’ source, “the talks are preliminary at this point, with no offers presented as of yet.”
West has career averages of 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
The addition of West would strengthen the Knicks depth at the guard position and give the team more quality small-ball line ups. However, it is hard to imagine someone with the off the court baggage that West carries, thriving in New York.
For the Grizzlies, signing West, after bringing three-point specialist Mike Miller into the fold, would help to further address their biggest weakness, shooting. They also need a boost in bench scoring and even with Jerryd Bayless deciding, as many expected, to pick up his player option, there are obvious advantages to having a combo guard with West’s abilities in the mix.