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Experience: 9 seasons
Marc Stein of ESPN reported on December 11, 2012, that Delonte West was a top target for the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, West has remained a free agent.
That must change.
West is far too talented a player to be without an NBA home. He can play both guard spots and is a career 37.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
With his ability to defend, handle the ball and shoot, why is it that an NBA team hasn't taken a chance on him?
For one, West was suspended twice by the Dallas Mavericks during the 2012 preseason (via Fox Sports). This led to his eventual release before the 2012-13 regular season could begin.
Even still, there is a market for West.
A large one.
The Utah Jazz will be without Mo Williams for at least six weeks after he received surgery on his right thumb (via The Salt Like Tribune).
Williams led the team in assists, ranked second in steals and ranked third in three-point field goal percentage.
West could step in and contribute in each of those areas. He could also play as an off guard with youngster Alec Burks or veterans Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley.
If not Utah, the Lakers still make sense. As do the Portland Trail Blazers, who lack even a slight resemblance of depth.
As long as he can prove the character issues are done with, West should come off of the open market.