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Mavericks waive Delonte West

The Mavericks have waived Delonte West after the veteran guard was suspended by the club twice during preseason.

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Delonte West released by Mavs

Less than a week after being suspended by the organization for the second time this fall, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Delonte West was waived by the team on Monday afternoon, according to John Schuhmann of

The 29-year-old West started 33 of 44 games for head coach Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks last season, and re-signed with the organization in July after averaging 9.6 points per game and setting a career-high 88.6% free-throw percentage.

West was initially suspended earlier in the month for what the Mavericks referred to as "conduct detrimental to the team" after a reported locker room outburst. But after not actually missing any preseason time due to the initial suspension, West was then suspended a second time just days later by Carlisle and the team.

An eight-year NBA veteran who is most likely in search of his fifth NBA franchise, West's career has been marred by off-the-court issues since entering the league in 2004. Although the incident was deemed to be related to his bipolar disorder, the shooting guard's reputation was damaged significantly in 2009 after being arrested on a weapons charge.


Mark Cuban remains non-committal on West

Dallis Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was non-commital when asked about the maligned guard, who has been suspended twice by the team in as many weeks.


Mavs claim Curry, plan to trade or cut West

The Mavericks have claimed Eddy Curry off waivers and plan to make room on the roster by either trading or cutting Delonte West.


Delonte West vents about his Mavs suspension

Here's what we know: Delonte West was suspended briefly after a locker room outburst earlier this month. Thursday, the Mavericks announced that the team has now suspended West indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team". When asked to explain the situation, a team source told one former Mavs writer it was a case of "Delonte being Delonte."

And ... That's all we know.

It's a murky situation, but given Delonte's history, it's not terribly surprising, and all the more disappointing. Meanwhile, West painted his own picture on Twitter:

We have no idea what sparked all this, and if anything, West's heartfelt tweets--and the anonymous source's "Delonte being Delonte" explanation--just make the situation more confusing.

While we wait to learn more, take a minute to read more on Delonte's past incidents in this outstanding profile from Slam Magazine last year, because it helps explain why so many in the NBA community are rooting for him. He's had a twisted path throughout his time in the NBA, but there's nobody in the league who's more honest, humble, and generally hilarious. People like Delonte West make the NBA a better place.

With that in mind, we wait and hope for the best.


Delonte West -- again -- suspended indefinitely

The Dallas Mavericks have, once again, suspended guard Delonte West indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, according to a team press release and as tweeted by's John Schuhmann.

Details could be hard to come by. In a statement, team president Donnie Nelson said, "No other statements will be issued."

It's the second such suspension for West in the past couple of weeks. Head coach Rick Carlisle suspended West in mid-October for a locker-room outburst following a preseason game. That suspension was also labeled as indefinite, but West was later cleared to play the Mavs' next preseason game and missed no time.

It's just the latest in a growing list of troubles for West, who in 2009 was arrested for a weapons charge that was later attributed to the guard's being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. West was suspended by the NBA for 10 games at the time.

This would be the 8-year veteran's second season in Dallas. Last season, West averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game mostly coming off the bench, right around his career averages of 9.7 and 3.6 points per game. He re-signed with Dallas in July.


Mavericks reinstate West after brief suspension

The Dallas Mavericks reinstated suspended guard Delonte West after he met with team officials Tuesday, according to

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the ban was lifted after the eight-year veteran met with Nelson and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Tuesday.

After Monday night's preseason win over Houston, Carlisle told reporters West was suspended without offering any details.

West was suspended Monday because of "conduct detrimental to the team."

The former first-round pick by the Boston Celtics has been suspended before. In 2010, he was suspended the first 10 games after pleading guilty to a weapons charge.

The veteran logged 17 minutes in Monday night's 123-104 win over the Houston Rockets. He scored two points and notched two assists off the bench.

West averaged 9.6 points per game in his first season with the Mavericks last year. He played in 44 games -- including 33 starts -- and averaged 24 minutes per game.

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