Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is helping one of his former players get off the street and get some help. He recently picked up former Mavericks guard Delonte West after a photo of West panhandling in Dallas went viral recently.
West, who has discussed his fight with bipolar disorder in the past, has struggled since his last season in the NBA back in 2012. He’s been photographed on the streets, appearing homeless various times over the last handful of years. Every time a photo of West goes viral, his friends, teammates and family, including Doc Rivers and Jameer Nelson, have talked about trying to get West into rehab and get his life back on track.
After seeing the latest photo, Cuban reached out to West’s family to see how he could find him. That eventually led to Cuban picking up West at a gas station and getting him set up at a local hotel, first reported by TMZ and confirmed by Cuban himself to various reporters, including our own Doyle Rader. According to sources, Cuban has offered to pay for West’s rehab. The Athletic’s NBA insider Shams Charania reported Monday that West has entered rehab.
West’s last season in the NBA was with the Mavericks back in 2012, where he was a crucial part of the team and averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game, helping lead the Mavericks back to the playoffs after the 2011 championship.