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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Mavericks announced on Monday that they have request waivers and have chosen to release Delonte West from the team after suspending him twice in the last two weeks.
West originally signed with the Mavs as a free agent in December 2011 and re-signed in July 2012.
The troubled Mavericks Guard was suspended on October 15th for ‘conduct detrimental to the team’ following a post game incident in the team locker room. After a brief respite he was reinstated to the team. Delonte earned his second suspension on October 25th following another incident.
West, who has bipolar disorder, indicated in a series of tweets after the second suspension that his future in Dallas was in doubt.
West was a solid player averaging 9.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 24.1 minutes in 44 games (33 starts) last season despite suffering a fractured and dislocated right ring finger on Feb. 15 against the Denver Nuggets. The injury forced West out of 21 games, but he returned to start the final 13 games of the regular season.
The Mavericks roster now stands at 15 players including: Rodrigue Beaubois, Elton Brand, Vince Carter, Darren Collison, Jae Crowder, Jared Cunningham, Eddy Curry, Bernard James, Dahntay Jones, Dominique Jones, Chris Kaman, Shawn Marion, O.J. Mayo, Brendan Wright and Dirk Nowitzki.
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