Will Delonte West return? Price must be right

June, 11, 2012
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Mark Cuban is fond enough of Delonte West to invite the guard to a party at the billionaire’s home.

We know this because West gushed about Cuban’s palatial estate on Twitter. West also raved about Cuban booking Jon Bon Jovi for the bash, playing the paparazzi role by tweeting a few photos.

“Man I love Dallas!!” West wrote on his always entertaining @CharleeRedz13 account.

There’s a lot of love for the tough, versatile guard in Dallas, too, but that doesn’t guarantee that West will return to the Mavs next season.

If the Mavs’ front office allowed emotions to impact business decisions, West would have never signed with Dallas in the first place. There wouldn’t have been a need for him after re-signing J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson (as well as Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler).

As fond as the Mavs’ front office and coaching staff is of West, he won’t be a priority in free agency. The Mavs would love to have West back, but it has to be at the right price.

The right price, as far as the Mavs are concerned, is probably pretty close to the veteran-minimum salary West made last season.

All due respect to West, who averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while consistently playing tenacious defense, but the Mavs aren’t in the mode of paying significant prices for role players. They can’t afford to in order to accomplish their goal of acquiring a player who is good enough to make Dirk Nowitzki a co-star, whether that happens in July or over the next year.

Whether West returns to Dallas likely depends on the market for him. If there is much of a market, expect West to move on from the Mavs.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9