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Lakers Interested In Delonte West

The Lakers are interested in signing free agent Delonte West, according to's Dave McMenamin. The 29-year-old West spent last year in Dallas, where he averaged 9.6 PPG and 3.2 APG in 44 games. The team views him as a versatile guard who can fill an important role backing up both Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash

Los Angeles still has its mini mid-level exception to use, which allows the team to sign someone to a first-year salary of $3.09MM, but Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has said there's a chance his club doesn't use it. If this in fact turns out to be the case, expect the Lakers to offer West a one-year offer at the veteran's minimum (about $1.2MM, in West's case).  

Earlier today, Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson said he was in negotiations with West, and that he hoped the two parties could work something out. Throughout his eight-year career, West has been involved in several on- and off-court incidents that have prevented him from signing long-term deals with one franchise. The Lakers would be his fifth team.

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2 thoughts on “Lakers Interested In Delonte West

  1. Hannibal8us

    I was saying this the other day, glad great minds think alike. Go get him LA, he’s the best defensive PG available and you need perimeter defense BAD!

  2. wiseguy400

    Update: Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks have signed Delonte West.

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