What is Delonte West's net worth? LeBron James' ex-teammate spotted begging in Virginia

In another incident in September 2020, Delonte West was spotted begging on a street in Dallas, Texas


                            What is Delonte West's net worth? LeBron James' ex-teammate spotted begging in Virginia
In April, Delonte West had announced he was going to make a basketball comeback with The BIG3 (@RTNBA/Twitter and Elsa/Getty Images)
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A video viral on social media shows LeBron James' former teammate, Delonte West, begging on the side of a road in Alexandria, Virginia. West, 38, played alongside NBA star LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers over ten years ago. In April, he announced that he was going to make a basketball comeback with The BIG3. 

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The newly-surfaced video shows a fan exchanging pleasantries with West. "My dog Delonte, how you doing my brother?" he says. West's response is not audible. In a tweet, the individual posted the video, writing, "Delonte West on Richmond highway in Virginia 2 days ago. What happened so quick? A few months ago I thought they were trying to get him into the Big3 league."

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What is Delonte West's net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, West has a net worth of $1 thousand. The athlete, whose life tragically fell apart after his career ended, used to earn $14 million in salary during his career.

Delonte West spotted pandhandling (@RTNBA/Twitter)

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West went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he teamed with future NBA player Eddie Basden. He excelled in basketball, leading the Roosevelt Raiders to their first state tournament appearance. They eventually made it to the Maryland 4A championship, where Delonte had 22 points and 8 rebounds. However, they lost 70–58. West was named Washington Post All-Met Basketball Player of the Year considering his averages of 20.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game.

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Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 28, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

West formed what is remembered as the best backcourt in the country while at Saint Joseph's University, along with  John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Award winner Jameer Nelson. West reportedly averaged 18.9 points and 6.7 assists per game, with his efforts eventually helping the 2003–04 Saint Joseph's Hawks to go 27–0 in the regular season and earn an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The season was finished by Saint Joseph's at 30–2.

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Delonte left Saint Joseph's after his junior year, subsequently entering the 2004 NBA Draft. Here, he was selected by the Boston Celtics. In the rookie season, however, he suffered injuries and could appear in only 39 games. By his second season, however, he became the Celtics starting point guard. In a double-overtime Celtics victory, West scored a career-high 31 points while making a career-high 12 free throw shots in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

West's career in Dallas was short-lived. The Mavs released him after he played only 44 games because of a fractured and dislocated right ring finger. His release, however, came not due to his injuries but because of his mood swings. West's outbursts after preseason losses were considered alarming.

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On one occasion in 2009, West was pulled over for a traffic violation while riding a Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycle. He was then found carrying a 9mm Beretta pistol in his waistband, a Ruger .357 Magnum revolver strapped to his leg, and a Remington 870 shotgun in a guitar case across his back. He was subsequently arrested.

Delonte West #13 of the Boston Celtics stands on the court during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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West later played in various semi-pro leagues and international leagues. He made it to the NBA D League in 2015, where he played for the Texas Legends. The Texas Legends released him in March 2015, marking an end to his basketball career.

Throughout his career and afterwards, West struggled with personal and financial problems. He reportedly lived out of the Mavericks locker room during the NBA lockout, He also had to sell off all of his jewellery and several cars. To survive, he applied for a temporary job at Home Depot at the time. West's first marriage ended in divorce, during which he lost a fortune in legal fees defending various issues.

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Back in August 2019, West was photographed looking homeless. A few months before that, he was spotted around a fast-food restaurant parking lot, walking around without shoes.

The recent incident is not the first time West was seen panhandling. In September 2020 too, he was spotted begging on a street in Dallas, Texas. Subsequently, Maverick's owner Mark Cuban picked him up from a gas station and paid for drug rehabilitation treatment. He also provided West with a hotel room to stay in. In 2021, West reportedly had a job at the rehab facility and was reunited with his mother. 

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West, who said he abused drugs, engaged in self-harm, and spent time in children's hospitals in his teen years, was arrested in October 2021 after banging on the doors of a Florida police department. He was also accused of insulting officers while holding two open containers of alcohol.

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