In what is a feel-good NBA news update, Dallas Mavericks owner and popular American entrepreneur Mark Cuban won fans over yet again with his golden heart. Cuban has reportedly reached out to help former NBA player Delonte West, now 37, who last played for the Dallas Mavericks 8 years ago. Despite having an eight-year-long NBA career, West now finds himself in the streets of Dallas struggling with drug addiction.
In other NBA news updates, former Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic has ruled out a return to the NBA. The 29-year-old played for the Milwaukee Bucks last season.
NBA News Update: Mark Cuban comes to homeless Delonte West's aid
Delonte West was 21 years old when he entered the NBA in the 2004-05 season. Drafted 24th overall by the Boston Celtics, he soon established a reputation as one of the better shooters in the NBA.
West shot over 37% from three-point range in his three seasons with the Celtics, before going on to play for the Seattle Supersonics, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and finally the Dallas Mavericks. He was a very handy guard to have off the bench, and could go for 30 points on a good day.
However, Delonte West's NBA career ended when he was just 28, owing to problems in his personal life that did not allow him to thrive in his job as a basketball player. As things stand, Delonte West is homeless and struggling with a drug addiction.
West's former employee - Mark Cuban - came to the former NBA player's rescue earlier today, as the Dallas Mavericks owner picked him up at a gas station. He is reportedly working with Delonte West's family to get his life back on track, and will also be paying for his rehabilitation. A great gesture from Cuban indeed.
NBA News Update: Nikola Mirotic puts an end to rumors linking him with a move back to the league
29-year-old Montenegrin-Spanish forward Nikola Mirotic would easily be one of the better players in the NBA in his position had he still been plying his trade in the United States.
The 6'10" power forward was a 15-points-per-game player on great shooting in his glory days, and was also a very decent rebounder. However, his NBA career ended prematurely as his family decided to move back to Europe. He currently plays for Barcelona.
Although NBA trade rumors have linked him with moves that bring him back to the NBA, Mirotic has put an end to the same by signing a contract extension with Barcelona. It makes complete sense for the player himself, who is playing some of the best basketball of his career and was named the MVP of the league.
We look forward to bringing you more NBA news updates.
Published 29 Sep 2020, 09:47 IST