The Dallas Mavericks waived Delonte West on Monday. This move, while not totally unexpected, is still a pretty dramatic one given the circumstances that led up to it.
Late last week, West was suspended by the team following a locker room confrontation of some sort. After said confrontation, West went on Twitter and posted a longwinded rant essentially claiming innocence and making it clear that he had not done anything worthy of the punishment that had been bestowed upon him.
Within 24 hours of the suspension and subsequent rant, reports began to surface that West’s agent and Mavericks brass were working on a mutually satisfactory split. The team didn’t want him negatively influencing young players; West’s reps wanted the parting of ways to be on their terms.
Mission accomplished, on both sides.
By getting rid of West, Dallas will now be able to keep Eddy Curry on the roster – who the team expects to slide into the center spot for their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
When asked about his team’s new look heading into 2012-13, Shawn Marion offered a somewhat soft endorsement.
"This is what we got. That's the way it is," he said (via ESPN). "We can't harp on it all day. We'll do what we gotta do."
The Lakers and Mavericks will tip their seasons off tonight at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.