It’s official: the Dallas Mavericks have waived Delonte West. This comes days after he was suspended for the second time in one month.
Earlier in the month, West was suspended after an outburst he had after an exhibition game against the Houston Rockets. Nobody outside the locker room knows exactly what was said, but it was enough to suspend him. However, that suspension only lasted less than 24 hours.
The second suspension came last week after another altercation, but this time it was between him and another member of the organization. West quickly turned to Twitter after being suspended last week, taking shots at the front office.
Hours after it was announced last week the Mavs picked up Eddy Curry off waivers, the move could be seen as a sign that the team was getting ready to let West go. Nevertheless, the decision was made based on what’s best for the franchise. The distraction that West brought led to the final decision by the Mavericks.
Even though coach Rick Carlisle praised him and West at times called him “Uncle Ricky,” it was not enough to keep him on the team. West does have a history of problems in the past and it could be because of his bipolar disorder.
During his time with the Mavericks, he averaged 9.6 points, 1.3 steals, 3,2 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game. If West wants to be picked up by another team this season, he is going to have to prove that his problems off the court will not follow him, otherwise West will spend the 2012-13 season at home on the couch.