In an expected move, the Dallas Mavericks have cut ties with veteran guard Delonte West.
Yahoo's Marc J. Spears shared the news via Twitter:
Mavs waive guard Delonte West.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 29, 2012
The 29-year-old still has value on the court, but there was an obvious discord growing between he and the team.
West was recently suspended for what general manager Donnie Nelson called "conduct detrimental to the team."
This was his second such suspension in less than a month.
For his part, West feels he was inappropriately targeted. ESPN's Tim MacMahon passed along this quote from West after his second suspension:
There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn't involve me... I'm being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don't know what's going on.
Very few know what really happened, but we all now know that West will no longer be making a contribution to this year's Dallas Mavericks.
In his only season with Dallas, the eight-year pro averaged 9.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game. Dallas will miss this production and his ability to play either guard position.
His departure will likely lead to an increased role running the point for Darren Collison's backup, three-year pro Rodrigue Beaubois, who put up stats amazingly similar to West last year.
This also puts West's career in serious jeopardy. He has had his share of character issues over the years, and that isn't something teams will be in a rush to add to the roster on the eve of the season.
That said, West is a valuable backup and has the talent that dictates his inclusion on a roster. I wouldn't expect him to be out of a job for too long.