Mavs waive guard Delonte West, Eddy Curry could start Thursday
Delonte West himself picked suspensions twice in the past two weeks. It was obvious that things between him and the team weren’t going on smoothly after Delonte West was initially suspended on conduct detrimental issues stemming from a locker room fight with two teammates following the Dallas Maverick’s 15th October preseason game against the Houston Rockets. However, that suspension only lasted 21 hours.
The Dallas Mavericks were reportedly concerned about Delonte West casting a negative influence over the team’s young talent. There were also speculations that Delonte West was frustrating going through another season on a one-year $1.2 million veteran’s minimum contract after playing the 2011 season on a similar deal.
The 29-year-old Delonte West was shortly reinstated from his suspension with the Dallas Mavericks until he was again indefinitely suspended, this time without pay. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Delonte West’s suspension last Thursday; the second time too for conduct determinable issues.
The Dallas Mavericks particularly needed Delonte West’s help last season to support an aging backcourt with point guard Jason Kidd and veteran guard Jason Terry. But after shipping Jason Kidd to the Indiana Pacers in return for Darren Collins, and adding free agent O.J. Mayo to replace Jason Kidd at the starting spot and contribute to scoring.
Last season, Delonte West averaged 9.6 points, 3.2 assist as well as 2.3 rebounds playing 24 minutes per game and crucial reserve player coming off the bench. Delonte West also appeared in all of the seven games with the Dallas Mavericks this preseason. The eight-year veteran Delonte West played 432 career games (comprising of 258 starts) after being darfted 24th overall by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2004 Drafts. Since, Delonte West has tagged along with the Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and again the Boston Celtics last season.
Delonte West’s chances of return already looked slim following. Eddy Curry’s signing with the team him after being waived by the Boston Celtics only two days ago. The Dallas Mavericks will be pushing Eddy Curry to start with Chris Kaman still being out due to a calf injury. The Dallas Mavericks especially need him as physical comparable big man against the Los Angeles Lakers esteemed center Dwight Hoard when they face-off on the season opener on against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki is still rehabbing from a knee injury. The current Dallas Mavericks roster holds at only nine players and should have four starters on the lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks should wrap-up all roster arrangements to reach a maximum 15-man roster.
Eddy Curry had 11 points and seven rebounds in Dallas Mavericks’ last game of the preseason against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.