Delonte West Suspended by Dallas Mavericks After Postgame Outburst

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

Delonte West is one of the Dallas Mavericks' best role players, but the eight-year NBA veteran might have to wait a while before taking the court this season.


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 8:59 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Well, that didn't last long. According to ESPN Dallas reporter Tim MacMahon, West has been reinstated by Rick Carlisle.

MacMahon's report states "West was reinstated after a Tuesday afternoon meeting with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson."

The guard missed practice on Tuesday, but his suspension lasted less than a day overall.


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According to ESPN Dallas reporter Tim MacMahon, West has been "suspended for conduct detrimental to the team."

MacMahon's report did note some specifics, but not much:

Sources told that West's suspension stems from an outburst in the locker room after the Mavs' 123-104 preseason win Monday over the Houston Rockets, although it wasn't immediately known what made West so upset.

Also worth noting is West's diagnosed bipolar disorder. He's had a few unpredictable moments in the past, including "a Sept. 2009 incident that resulted in his arrest on weapons charges after he was pulled over while driving a three-wheel motorcycle in Upper Marlboro, Md.," as noted by MacMahon.

West, despite his troubles, is a valuable asset to any team. He's able to play both guard spots, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in the Mavericks backcourt last season.

For his career, he is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and over one steal per game and is expected to rotate with Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo in the Dallas rotation.

He's not going to receive starter's minutes, but West's versatility and tremendous defense will definitely earn him his fair amount of playing time.

While West is out, Rick Carlisle will have to turn to guys like Rodrigue Beaubois, Dahntay Jones, Dominique Jones and, possibly, rookie Jared Cunningham.

It's hard to say how long West will be out, especially without more specifics. Carlisle didn't give any sort of time frame, which leads one to believe that he's trying to send a message to his veteran guard.

Stay tuned for more details regarding this situation.