Delonte West, born Delonte Maurice West, is a retired professional basketball born on July 26, 1983, in Washington DC.
He went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, and then St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. While at St. Joseph’s, Delonte and Jameer Nelson formed what was regarded as the best backcourt in the country. West’s efforts helped Saint Joseph’s University make it to Elite Eight in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
West was drafted by The Boston Celtics as the 24th Pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He only played 39 games in his first season due to struggles with injuries. During his rookie season, West was appointed as the starting point guard for the 2005-06 season. By the 2006-07 season, West was moved to the shooting guard position.
However, luck wasn’t on West’s side, as he struggled in the early stages and subsequently was moved back to point guard. In 2007 West was traded to the Seattle Supersonics and by the early 2008, he was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal. As a Cavalier, West scored a season-high of 20 points against the Boston Celtics- and this was only six days after the trade.
By late 2008, West signed a three-year contract with the Cavaliers, worth $12.7 million. West took up the position of shooting guard and backup point guard. West raised a few eyebrows as he emerged as a highly-skilled backcourt defensive player and an outstanding outside shooter.
The Cavaliers then traded West to the Minnesota Timberwolves but his time at the team was short-lived. In late 2010, West signed a year contact with his old team, The Boston Celtics to back up Rajon Rondo as a point guard. The contact came to a sharp halt following a guilty plea to weapons charges.
Financial And Personal Problems
Despite making, $14 million in salary during his career (before taxes and fees), Delonte has been plagued with personal and financial problems throughout his career.
During the NBA lockout, he reportedly was living out of the Mavericks locker room and was forced to sell off all of his jewelry and several cars. During this time, he also applied for a temporary job at Home Depot to make ends meet. West reportedly lost a fortune in his divorce and in legal fees defending various issues.
Delonte West was spotted on the streets on August 25, 2019. While the picture was not clearly explained or where it was taken, West reportedly lives in Maryland before he was found on the streets.