CNN is not able to independently verify the photo.
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks were not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN when CNN’s attempts to reach West’s family failed.
West’s travels – including bizarre behavior, futility of money, the 2009 run-way with the law, and the 2008 diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which West later questioned – have been well documented since he joined the NBA in 2004 has gone.
After a tight junior season in which he led the St. Joseph Hawks to a 30–2 record and ran deep in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Boston Celtics entered the West in the first round of the NBA Draft late.
West played three seasons in Boston, before taking a trip, taking the court for the Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Celtics again and the Dallas Mavericks.
After his 2011–12 season with the Mavs, West spent time in the NBA G League and in professional leagues in China and Venezuela.