Mavs owner Mark Cuban: No final decision on Delonte West
“It’s just a process that’s pretty much down to me making a decision,” stated Mark Cuban regarding Delonte West’s future with the Dallas Mavericks. “No decision has been made, but we're also not in any rush to make a decision.”
According to the source, the options the Dallas Mavericks have been considering for the past week include buying out Delonte West’s $1.2 million guaranteed contract, waving him or negotiating a mutually agreeable departure. In the last scenerio, Delonte West will become a free agent, but he’d have to give up the guaranteed salary with the Dallas Mavericks.
“We'll do what we think is best, but we're not going to be in a situation like we were with a player last year,” continued Mark Cuban. “Let’s just say we won’t give as many chances as we gave people last year.”
Mark Cuban was referencing to the Dallas Mavericks’ terrible experience with Lamar Odom last year. The Dallas Mavericks, time and time again tried to make things work until a heated argument between Lamar Odom and Mark Cuban during a 7th April game broke the team’s patience. Lamar Odom was listed as inactive with pay for the final month of the regular-season and was finally traded to the Los Angeles Clipper during the offseason.
The 54-year-old Mark Cuban stated that in former case, he was “too forgiving” against the advice of several individuals, but that won’t happen anymore.
“I learned my lessons,” said Mark Cuban.
The source also claimed that the Dallas Mavericks were concerned about Delonte’s influence on the younger players after he was suspended twice due to behavioral issues. The first suspension reportedly stemmed from a locker room fight between two teammates on 15th October, but Delonte West claimed the dispute “didn’t involve me”. Delonte West was banned from the American Airlines Center by the team the following morning. However, the suspension lasted only a day. Delonte West received his latest suspension on Thursday after which he went on an emotional twitter rant, expressing his disappointment at being suspended and the way he was being portrayed.
The eight-year NBA veteran Delonte West was a crucial player for the Dallas Mavericks coming off the bench, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assist during a strong defensive performance at both guard spots.
Mark Cuban acknowledged that Monday’s pressing deadline to finalize the roster at 15 members could serve as a factor in his decision on Delonte West’s future with the team. The Dallas Mavericks claimed center Eddy Curry off waivers on Thursday shortly after he was released by the San Antonio Spurs.
Eddy Curry averaged 2.1 points playing 5.9 minutes per game during 14 game appearances last season. However, the 29-year-old had a bright preseason, averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 15.4 minutes during five exhibitions games.
The Dallas Mavericks also signed center/forward Melvin Ely and swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts to nonguaranteed contracts late this October.