Everyday I'm Shufflin'.
In years past, the Dallas Mavericks' NBADL affiliate, the Texas Legends, has served as the prime landing spot for a bevy of NBA veterans using the D-League as a possible bridge back to The Association.
The likes of Antonio Daniels and Dan Gadzuric donned Legends' jerseys last season, and it appears as though this season the minor league affiliate has been following suit with a similar plan of action. The team has already welcomed veterans like Chris Douglas-Roberts and Mike James (both of whom have subsequently gone on to play for the Mavericks at separate times) to town this season.
And although the array of veterans continue to rise through the ranks and move on to greener pastures, the Legends nevertheless appear poised to keep shuffling things around and welcome a new wealth of experience relatively soon.
ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that in two completely separate moves, the Legends can potentially sign both Rashad McCants and Delonte West in the coming days. Not exactly a stranger to the D-League, McCants has actually played for the Legends before. The guard most recently was seen balling in China, but also drew some interest from NBA teams late last year prior to training camp.
West's case, however, is a bit more of an interesting one. Stein reports that after failing to catch on with the Grizzlies following the team's trade with the Cavaliers that shook up the roster a bit, the guard is now filing the necessary paperwork to join the D-League Player Pool.
Because McCants played for the Legends in the past, the team owns his minor league rights. Coincidentally enough, Texas also happens to be first up in the NBADL's waiver line, giving them exclusive first dibs at West as well.
As noted, the Legends have always been a popular place for notable NBA veterans to come and jumpstart their comeback attempts. Such a spot as a cozy temporary home certainly makes sense, as the team's front office includes the likes of Spud Webb, Del Harris, and Nancy Lieberman.
It's ironic that a player like West joins the D-League, all the while beginning his minor league journey with the affiliate of a team that waived him this past fall (the Mavericks). Nevertheless, whenever a veteran dons an NBADL uniform, he's certain to add some excitement (while also raising some eyebrows, for better or worse) to the league in the process.
Will the most recent stint of McCants, and this new step in the basketball journey of West, start off on the right foot? Only time will tell.