Dallas Mavericks Suspend Delonte West Indefinitely for Detrimental Conduct

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 25, 2012

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The off-court troubles of Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West continue. On Thursday, the team announced it was suspending West indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.


UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11:33 p.m. ET

Delonte West will not return to the Dallas Mavericks, and the team is currently working out his contract with agent Dan Fegan, according to ESPNDallas.com.

---End of Update---

A timetable wasn't initially set when West's suspension was announced. ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon reported that the suspension was due to a postgame outburst in a preseason game last week. West had only scored two points and had two assists in 16 minutes of action.

Today, Earl K. Seed of Mavs.com took to Twitter to break the news of the suspension's length:

Delonte West's suspension is indefinite.

— Earl K. Sneed (@EKS_MavsNBA) October 25, 2012


West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has endured multiple trials and tribulations off the court throughout his career, and this situation won't help matters. The eight-year veteran wasn't able to pursue any basketball opportunities during last year's lockout due to being on probation for a weapons-related arrest. 

A lengthy feature by Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News revealed that West had indeed been sleeping in his car and in the Mavs locker room at the start of the 2011-12 season because he was broke.

Once the indefinite status of the suspension broke, West went on another tirade, this time on Twitter.

Warning: Some of the following language is inappropriate.

That my name showin up in any fashion in a negative light is the worst thing that can happen.everything Ived worked towards out d window

— Delonte West (@CharleeRedz13) October 25, 2012






In a story by McMahon on Thursday, West claimed he was the scapegoat for a postgame locker room dispute on Wednesday night that didn't even involve him:

There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn't involve me. Somehow I'm being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don't know what's going on.

West proved to be a serviceable player last season, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game in 44 games. Having just re-signed with the team this summer, it looked as though West had refortified his job security.

Unfortunately for both West and the Mavs, this latest bump in the road may indicate otherwise.