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With NBA teams uneasy about taking a risk on his past behavioral issues, free-agent guard Delonte West intends to report to the Texas Legends of the Development League on Monday, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
West, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had planned to join the Legends earlier in February, but never arrived. Since coming to realize the D-League is likely his only avenue back into the NBA, West has reconsidered, a source said.
Texas leaves Sunday for a two-game road trip to Los Angeles and Bakersfield, and West intends to arrive in Texas on Monday and join the team when it returns to Frisco, a Dallas suburb, on Thursday, a source said.
The Mavericks released West after locker room incidents with teammates in the preseason. He played an important role for Dallas a season ago on a one-year contract. While the Legends are affiliated with the Mavericks, Dallas owner Mark Cuban has no intention of re-signing West. Any NBA team would be able to call him up to the NBA.
Since his release, West has been unable to find an NBA team willing to sign him. In eight seasons in the league, West had success in stops with Cleveland, Boston and Dallas. He's averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists.
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