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Report: Mavs may replace Delonte West with Eddy Curry

Oct 25, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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This would be an interesting swap. If it happens.

We told you earlier today the Mavericks have suspended Delonte West indefinitely. Now comes the report that the Mavericks want to cut ties with West and drastically improve their locker room with Eddy Curry, who they picked up on waivers. From the Dallas Morning News.

The Mavericks wasted no time filling a need – and the roster spot that will be created when Delonte West is waived – by putting in a waiver claim for veteran NBA center Eddy Curry, a source said…

By signing Curry, the Mavericks will have a 16-player roster. But they are expected to jettison West, either by cutting him or finding a willing trade partner, before Monday’s roster deadline.

Eddy Curry is a free agent after being waived by San Antonio, where he played fairly well in the preseason. With both Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman injured right now, adding another big makes sense. The Mavs also signed Chris Douglas-Roberts in case they want to stay with a guy on the perimeter.

But Dallas can’t just waive West — he has a guaranteed contract for the veterans’ minimum ($854,389). They would have to buy him out (for the full amount, West isn’t giving them a discount) and that would still count against their camp. In theory the Mavs could trade West to make room, but after they had to suspend him for locker room outbursts good luck with that. They also could cut someone like Bernard James.

West would be missed by his teammates — they liked him and liked playing with him, as they told ESPNDallas.com.

“We’re losing a competitor,” said Vince Carter, who planned to call his friend West later. “That’s just plain and simple. He’s a competitor. We all know that. You just hate to see everybody going through their differences, because that’s one guy you can rely on.”

  1. doctorfootball - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Eddy Curry? Am I missing something? Did the Mavs recently hire Isiah Thomas? Even the Heat, a team in desperate need of big men, let Curry walk.

  2. jjordannba - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    That’s gotta be one of the dumbest swaps of the season. They don’t have any other scrubs equal to Eddy Curry’s talent to cut…..Well Delonte West is going to make somebody’s bench better.

  3. libertynchurch - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Move quick, Mr. Kupchak…

    • limonadamas - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Interesting.. West would be an awesome backup PG for Nash….

      But the Lakers are capped out right now and wouldn’t be able to get rid of Blake/Duhon in time, I would imagine. Plus, they already have one loose cannon in MWP. Would they be able to handle another one? haha

  4. moseskkim - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Curry showed he can play a bit in the preseason. He lost lots of weight and is still young. Why not?

  5. abchome - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Genius!

  6. dwirk - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Planes
    Trains
    And automobiles
    Better Have My Doughnuts!

  7. billymc75 - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Basketball version of Dez Bryant

  8. kavika6 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a bigger jerk. Good riddance. With him gone the Mavericks will be a little less ugly.

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