Each week, ESPNDallas.com will take a look at the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks, in order to see how the two are working hand in hand to improve one another.
The Texas Legends announced Thursday that veteran guard Delonte West would be rejoining the team.
In 19 minutes of action, West finished his first game back with the Legends with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with six rebounds and one assist in the team’s 122-119 loss against the Delaware 87ers on Thursday evening.
After one season with Dallas, West was waived in October 2012 after being suspended twice for conduct detrimental to the team. His first suspension lasted less than a day, but West was never reinstated after being suspended again. The belief was that West could not handle the frustration of having to settle once again for another one-year, veteran-minimum contract.
Back in the 2012-13 season, West played a total of eight games with Texas and he averaged 10.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals in 28.4 minutes of action.
The Legends' new guard was last seen playing basketball in America this summer playing for the Los Angeles Clippers’ summer league team in Las Vegas. After he was unable to find an NBA team that would sign him, West played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association and Guaros de Lara in the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League.
West, 32, will look to use the opportunity in Frisco to showcase his skills once again as he looks to get back into the league.
Mark your calendars
Looking to go 2-1 on the three-game homestand, the Legends prepare for a matchup against the Austin Spurs. The game against the division-leading Spurs will take place on March 14 at 7 p.m. CT at Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. Texas will then head out on the road for a unique matchup. They will go to Boise to have consecutive road games against the Idaho Stampede. The first matchup will take place on March 16 and the second one will be played on March 18. Both of the games against the Stampede will begin at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Fans will be able to watch the D-League live on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/nbadleague), the Legends’ website, as well as via the NBA D-League Center Court mobile app -- the league’s free mobile application providing fans with access to NBA D-League content.
But not least …
West was the latest in another series of roster moves Texas made this week. The Legends also announced on Tuesday that they acquired returning player Justin Dentmon.
Dentmon (6-0, Washington) previously played 24 games for Texas during the 2012-13 season where he averaged 26.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists. The two-time D-League All-Star spent the previous two seasons overseas before rejoining the Legends. He played for the Chinese team Qingdao Doublestar of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 30.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 44 games this season.
Dentmon has scored a total of 39 points, shooting 59.3 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from 3-point range in his first two games back with the Legends.