Delonte heads West
Guard Delonte West is now a member of The West—NBA's Western Conference that is.
Another Cavalier has left Cleveland, but this time it wasn't to go to Miami.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded West and point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for point guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins, and a future second round draft pick.
West, 27, is in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with Cleveland in 2008. He has been with the seam since 2007 and averaged only 8.8 points per game last season, his lowest since his one-year stint in Seattle during the 2006-07 season.
West has been on and off the bench most of his career. Last season, he started only three games, while in 2008-09, he started all 64 games he played in. He has a career average of 10 point per game and 3.7 assists per game.
Telfair, a career journeyman, returns to the Timberwolves, who he played with between 2007-09. Despite being only 25, Telfair has already played for five different NBA teams since being drafted 13th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft out of high school. Last season, Telfair matched his career-high with 9.8 points per game. He was able to manage this while only playing 19.3 minutes per game, the second-lowest of his career.
Cleveland is in the slow process of trying to recover from the heartbreak that was LeBron James, who left his hometown and team he spent seven years with in hopes to win in NBA Championship with fellow superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Sessions signed a four-year deal last season with Minnesota, however, shared bench duties with rookie Jonny Flynn. Despite playing in all 82 games last season, Sessions, who is 6-foot-3, was only able to average 8.2 points per game.
The addition of Hollins will help fill a void at the center position left by free agent Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who bolted to Miami after James signed. The only other center on the roster is Anderson Varejao.