Cleveland Cavaliers' guard Delonte West is tagged a "restricted free agent" in the NBA, which has thus far scared off any potential suitors inside the the league. Outside of the league, however, it appears that at least an offer has been made. A source close to West spoke with Yahoo! Sports, revealing that West is in talks with the Russian basketball team Dynamo Moscow for a two-year, $10 million offer.
If West receives no offers in the NBA, he could sign with the Cavs at their qualifying offer of $2.76 million, and then become an unrestricted free agent after the 2008-2009 season. Or, he could avoid all that, head to Europe, and rake in the cash.
Should West decide to head East, he wouldn't be the first NBA player to do so in recent weeks. Atlanta Hawks free agent Josh Childress signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Olypiacos of Greece just this week. One week ago Dynamo nabbed New Jersey Nets forward Bostjan Nachbar with a $14.3 million, three-year contract. Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins is also considering playing in Europe, and an agent for forward Carl Landry of the Houston Rockets said he's also looking East for offers.
This summer alone four international players who have played in the NBA have taken up offers to play in Europe, including: Juan Carlos Navarro, Jorge Garbajosa, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, and Carlos Delfino.