Mavs Could Still Look To West

HANG TIME, Texas — They were not able to reel in their No. 1 free agent target Deron Williams and they watched future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd escape to New York.

But the Mavericks, with spaces to fill on their roster, are still hoping to fill one of them with guard Delonte West.

Despite a finger injury that forced him to miss one-third of the 66-game post-lockout schedule and that bizarre delivering of a “wet willie” to Utah’s Gordon Hayward back in April, West was a far more solid addition to the Dallas lineup last season than, say, Lamar Odom and could help while Darren Collison and rookie Jared Cunningham learn the offense.

“We’ve got 15 spots and 13 players are under contract,’’ general manager Donnie Nelson told on Monday. “We’ve got a little work to do yet, hopefully Delonte will slide into one of those spots.

“If that’s the case that’ll be great.’’

And if that’s not the case?

“There’s also an argument for keeping that last roster spot open, because sometimes you get lucky towards the end of the summer,’’ Nelson said. “That’s probably how we’ll play it up, unless something really good presents itself.

“We’re still in negotiations with his agent and we’re hopeful that we can work something out,’’ Nelson said. “Obviously he’s got options and he’s got to sort through those.

“Some of those are timing issues there. We’ve just got to continue to negotiate and talk and see if there’s a fit there.’’

Though it’s often been a bumpy ride for West in his eight-year NBA career with four different teams, he has proven his versatility to play either backcourt position, capable of running an offense and getting to the basket, and also a good mid-range shooter. He can also be a nettlesome defender.

Those are all traits that can be valuable to coach Rick Carlisle’s club in the transition period. While the Mavs obviously got Collison to be their quarterback, he has also had his ups and downs, losing the starting job to Leandro Barbosa a year ago in Indiana. And the Mavs will still need a capable backup with the experience that West brings off the bench.

As the first offseason under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement pushes toward August, West is clearly in the group of mid-level veterans who are seeing and learning a new reality in terms of salaries. But if there’s a place where he would seem to be a comfortable and contributing fit, it’s with the Mavs.


  1. eddy says:

    dallas should definitly should try n get back jj barea besides barea was very helpful when they won the 2011 championship

    • dgt2 says:

      delonte brings left handedness,height and aggression to the PG slot , yes i do feel mavs should get back jose barrea…I could be wrong but his presence was sorely missed this year.

  2. dattebayo says:

    You wonder why Granger always complains about the Pacers getting no attention from the media and them not being televised nationally? He is not paranoid and the author proves it right here.
    Darren Collison is a fantastic young point guard capable of being a starter on more than half the teams in the league. He started half his games in his rookie year and in 2010-2011 he started in every of the 79 games he played in. He also started last season just until he missed some games due to injury. George Hill took over as starter and because Hill and the team were playing well together, the coach didn’t want to break the rhythm and let Collison come off the bench, when he was healthy again. It’s not that Collison wasn’t playing well, he just came off an injury and so shortly before the playoffs the coach didn’t want to change the lineup again. And Leandro Barbossa was acquired by the Pacers via trade just before the trade deadline this season, in 2010-2011 he played for the Toronto Raptors.
    Dallas did well acquiring Collison for Mahinmi, along with Mayo they have two solid starting caliber guards on contract. That might even be better than signing Williams…

  3. Aero says:

    ^^^ Because West doesn’t think his decisions through and is a ball hog.

    • Aero says:

      I say that because too many times last year I watched him stand way beyond the 3 point line and waste the shot clock and then pull up for a fade away long two. And it would never go in. I value his defensive contributions, but I feel we could find someone else to do that job.

      • Justus says:

        Delonte shot solid this year, When he came back from injury. He does use the ball a lot more than some but he has a scoring mentality. He tries to make tough shots to get the defense on him and open up the floor for other players.

  4. Aero says:

    I hope they do a sign and trade for C.J Miles or Jose Calderon

  5. Manu says:

    Umm, Collison didn’t lose his starting job to Barbosa at Indiana – he lost it to George Hill…

  6. Victor Manoel says:

    He lost his job to George Hill. Leandro continued to be the spark off the bench.

  7. Hunter says:

    I hope they get him, get Joel Przybilla and trade DoJo and Roddy for another good player.