Delonte West released by Yao Ming's Shanghai Sharks


091214_delonteDelonte West was released after just four games with the Shanghai Sharks.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, former NBA guard Delonte West has been released by the Shanghai Sharks, a team that is owned by former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming.

West, 31, appeared in four games with the Sharks, and averaged 12.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. Sharks head coach Ma Yuenan spoke to reporters regarding West’s release, and said, “honestly, we did not expect such a drop in performance.” 

West, who had last played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks in 2012, inked a non-guranteed deal with the Sharks in the summer. West’s contract was worth nearly $500,000, and could’ve reached $1 million with incentives according to Amick. 

The Sharks went 0-6 in West’s time with the team. In his last game on November 14th, West finished with 4 points and 3 assists in a loss. 

West was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. In addition to the Celtics and Mavericks, West played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Seattle Supersonics. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game during his NBA career.




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