Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West missed his second consecutive training camp practice on Tuesday night and the Cavs’ front office is unsure when he’ll return to the team.
West has been in the news lately because of his arrest while in possession of a Desperado-like arsenal. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that West has a “mood disorder” and that most people feel the Cavs can no longer count on the troubled shooting guard.
The real issue here is what’s going on with West personally. Beyond the fact that he’s in his Cleveland apartment, a close associate of the 26-year-old guard isn’t certain just what is going on. West attended Cleveland’s media day on Monday but was an unexcused absence to both of the team’s Tuesday practices.
West has had a lifelong battle with mood disorders and even left the team last year for several weeks to get treatment.
The Cavs were apparently interested in trading West earlier in the offseason but his recent troubles have killed any chance of that happening. West is certain to be suspended by the NBA for his recent arrest and beyond fining him there’s really not much the Cavs can do.
Cleveland had expected West to be an integral part of a team built around LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. Obviously they may have to do some quick thinking to patch an open spot on the roster.