Former Cavaliers guard Delonte West was acquired Friday by the NBA Development League affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks. He won’t be playing for the big club again.
The former Mavericks guard is set to join the Texas Legends in the next few days, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says West playing for Dallas is “not gonna happen.”
The eighth-year pro, who has bipolar disorder, was released in October after two suspensions in as many weeks.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t like Delonte, care about him as a person, want to help him get back on track,” Cuban said.
Coach Rick Carlisle deferred to Cuban on the possibility of West returning, and Cuban said the reasons he didn’t want West back on the Dallas roster were “not worth talking about at this point in time.”
West was waived after two suspensions in as many weeks for conduct detrimental to the team. He was involved in a pair of locker room incidents during the preseason, and was on his second consecutive one-year contract for the veteran minimum, which was $1.2 million this season.
The first suspension of West was lifted after just a day after a meeting with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and Carlisle.
A week later, though, he said he received a text telling him not to come to practice a week before the start of the regular season and was released a few days later. He said he was blamed for an argument that didn’t involve him in the locker room after a preseason game.
West can sign with any NBA team while with the Legends, who play in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. The Legends acquired him because they were next in line to pick up players from the D-League pool when West joined it.
“This is all about opportunity,” said Nelson, a co-owner of the Legends. “This is Delonte joining the league and getting back in front of NBA teams’ eyes.”
Wall starts for Wizards
John Wall is back in the starting lineup for the Washington Wizards. Wall started for the first time this season Friday night and scored 14 points in 21 minutes in a 114-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wall had been coming off the bench since making his season debut Jan. 12. He missed the first 33 games while recovering from a stress injury to his left knee cap.
Coach Randy Wittman said Wall will continue to play limited minutes. Wall had been averaging 24 minutes, topping out at 31 against the Clippers on Jan. 19.
The Wizards won four of their first seven after Wall’s return, with the former No. 1 overall draft pick averaging 14 points and 6.9 assists. They were 5-28 without him.
Rubio apologies to coach
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio says he has apologized to acting coach Terry Porter for an outburst following a loss. Rubio said Friday morning that he and Porter cleared the air in a meeting Thursday. He got upset that he was on the bench for the fourth quarter Wednesday in the Timberwolves’ 91-83 loss to the Nets.