Former Cleveland Cavalier Delonte West appears to be on the right path and doing well after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got in touch and was able to get him checked into a rehab facility following a stretch of troubling times for the ex-NBA player.
West has struggled for years with former teammates and coaches trying to assist him as photographs circulated of West appearing to beg for money on the streets as well as a video of him shirtless and handcuffed while being questioned by police, but his struggles continued.
Cuban saw a recent photo of West panhandling in Dallas and decided to get in touch with him and try to help him.
On Sept. 29 it was reported that Cuban was able to reunite West with his mother in Dallas before getting him checked into a rehab facility in Florida. Cuban was reported to have offered to pay for West’s treatment and stay at the facility.
A Delonte West update, as people close to the ex-NBA player going through very difficult personal struggle continue to offer help: Sources say Mavs owner Mark Cuban reunited West with his mother in Dallas on Monday — and now West has checked into rehab facility in Florida.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2020
After playing for the Boston Celtics and Settle SuperSonics, West played for the Cavaliers from 2008 until 2010. He was part of a trade that brought him, Ben Wallace, Joe Smith and Wally Szczerbiak to Cleveland. West was part of LeBron James’ supporting cast in his first stint in Cleveland, playing alongside Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejão.
After James went to Miami, West was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota waived West and he returned to the Celtics but was suspended for 10 games after pleading guilty to weapons charges. He later played for the Dallas Mavericks but was waived after multiple suspensions.
West bounced around leagues for two years. He last played basketball in 2015, the year he revealed he had bipolar disorder.
Although Cuban said he has a "long, long, long way to go," West appears to be on a good path to recovery.
Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West . A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support. pic.twitter.com/555twAEVDP— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 9, 2020