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Delonte West inks deal to become Dallas Maverick

Dec 13, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

Delonte West

Delonte West took some odd jobs this summer for a paycheck. Now he’s back to getting a nice one with…

The Dallas Mavericks, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers were the two teams considered to be chasing West, but Dallas slid in and nabbed him for a very reasonable $1.8 million.

West takes the place of J.J. Barea as backup PG in Dallas. For Mavs fans, it may be best if West’s minutes are held back. Not because of West, who is a solid backup point guard who can provide some solid defense and energy. But when Jason Kidd sits, you want Rodrigue Beaubois to be the guy who demands the minutes with his play. Beaubois, if he is healthy and all the way back, could be the guy to provide the spark Dallas needs. He is creative, quick, can score and just change the game when he is in. The more he earns minutes, the better.

But West is a solid guy to have on the bench. Plus, he and Mark Cuban should get along famously.

  1. worldbfree4me - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Way to go Mark! This is how you repeat with spare parts!!

    • edweird0 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:30 AM

      Can’t believe I’m defending Cuban but you’d be an idiot to believe he’s trying to repeat again this year, not to say that he wouldn’t like that but it’s not his top priority. He’s trying to better position for a future free agent that’s going to be worth alot ala Dwight

  2. tampajoey - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Is Delonte bringing Lebron’s mom’s panties with him to Dallas?

  3. 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Ok, let me try to understand! You bring in Vince carter and now Delonte? And jj Berea, butler and Chandler are gone so you can go after Dwight or Paul in free agency! NEGATIVE!!!!! It won’t happen! You should’ve kept that team intact, you had a better chance at repeating! And you definitely won’t repeat with that sh.t that you got now!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM

      Delonte is a very good player. Rag on Carter all you want, but West is the type of player that winning teams need.

      • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

        Are you for rea! Very good player? Are you related to Delonte West?

      • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        Are you for rea! Very good player? Are you related to Delonte West? He’s a mutha f.cker or should I say a mother f.cker! Lol!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM

        Do you watch games or just read the stat lines? Yeah, he is a very good player. Back-up PG’s who can shoot, defend, and create shots for themselves and others are hard to come by.

  4. ispysomething7 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Did Delonte put in his 2 week notice at Home Depot and Regency Furniture? At least there are 2 more jobs out there for the occupy wall street crew. See, the NBA is already giving back.

  5. allball23 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    West is a solid pick up. He is a wierdo but He can do a lil bit of everything he can play d and shoot the 3 ball.

    • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      What about around the basket! Chandler is gone.

      • philiplewis1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        The combination of Odom, Carter and West in exchange for Chandler, Barrera and Butler (who didn’t play in the playoffs) is about a wash. Plus the 3 new guys can be kept or scrapped after this year which the old 3 couldn’t assuming the multi year contract they all wanted.

  6. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Boston loses out on a player once again. LMAO

  7. renorocker - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Was Roy Tarpley unavailable?

  8. wlubake - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Cuban is targeting veterans that (1) fill gaps on his roster, (2) have playoff and/or championship experience, and (3) won’t clog up the salary cap down the road.

    In this shortened season with minimal preparation, the keys will be experienced pros and a deep bench.

    • 973yenots - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      There wouldn’t be any gaps to fill if keep jj Berea ,butler and Chandler

      • wlubake - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:43 PM

        Yeah, but it would blow #3 regarding salary down the road. Barrea signed for 4/$19MM; Chandler signed for 4/$56MM; and Buter signed for 3/$24MM.

        That is about $27MM per year the Mavs would have needed to cover to keep those three. The next two years the luxury tax is manageable. For 2013/2014 it goes through the roof. As of right now, the Mavs have about $41MM on the books for 2013/2014. That comes from 5 players. Adding those three contracts gets you to about $68MM with 8 players. This year the cap is $58.044MM and the tax level is around $70MM. Thus, carrying those numbers forward, the Mavs would have a whopping $2MM to spend on filling out the remaining 7 spots on their roster, while avoiding the tax level.

        Keep in mind that the tax has consequences beyond simply paying money. Taxpaying teams have a smaller midlevel exception, can acquire less salary in trade, and cannot use the biannual exception. Starting in 2013-14, teams more than $4 million above the tax level cannot receive a player in a sign-and-trade transaction.

        That’s why those guys walk, and likely Jason Terry after this season, too.

  9. 8man - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Damn your oily hide, Danny Ainge! That’s it! I’m not buying any more Celtics gear until the roster is set!

  10. themanchine - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I was hoping the Knicks would pick him up instead of Bibby.

  11. t16rich - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    That’s a value signing. I am sure if Delonte doesn’t play well, he would be willing to take a paycut and become a beer vendor for the Mavs

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