Delonte West on his absence from the NBA: ‘Everywhere I look, the joke is on me’


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Around this time every July, after the initial burst and bloom of free agency, NBA teams with nearly full rosters find themselves picking through the ranks of the unsigned — vets on the outs, undrafted rookies, pros playing in Europe — in search of bargain-basement pickups to bring to training camp, where these overlooked players could earn a roster spot and perhaps even a big-league role come the regular season. Guys who’ve been rotation contributors on six playoff teams, have defined NBA skills, require only the veteran’s minimum, are by all accounts healthy and haven’t yet hit age 30 would seem to represent darn good value among those unsigned masses … and yet Delonte West‘s phone doesn’t seem to be ringing much these days.

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