Delonte West tweets 'résumé'
West, who was suspended indefinitely and then waived by Dallas earlier this week, used Twitter on Wednesday to list his experience and abilities. He noted that he would play for a non-guaranteed, league-minimum deal because, as he tweeted, "by the time I get there u see what I'm about&what I bring everyday."
West, clearly having fun with his job search, tweeted that he's not "comin to yr team riddin a motorcycle," a reference to the reason he was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season. West was arrested in September 2009 for carrying three loaded guns and a knife on his motorcycle when he was stopped for speeding. He pleaded guilty to weapons charges in July 2010 and was sentenced to eight months of electronic monitoring, two years of unsupervised probation, 40 hours of community service and psychological counseling.
West, 29, was waived Monday by the Mavericks because they were concerned he wasn't a good influence on the younger players on the roster, sources told ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon. The roster move allowed Dallas to make room for center Eddy Curry.
West signed a one-year deal with Dallas during the summer for the veteran's minimum ($1.2 million) after averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists as a role player last season. He also provided solid defense and gave the club some good energy playing either guard spot.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said it was "in the best interest of the organization" to waive West and that it was based on numerous factors. Cuban did not want to get into specifics.
"I like Delonte a lot," he said prior to Tuesday's season-opening win against the Los Angeles Lakers. "It was a difficult decision and we'll leave it at that.
"You always have to remember, the culture of the organization comes first. If you lose the culture and it goes in the wrong direction, then you've lost your team. We've had years like that where we've lost certain guys or I wasn't diligent on certain guys and it's hurt the team in a big way."
West, who has bipolar disorder, was suspended one game Oct. 16; according to sources, the punishment was related to an outburst in the locker room following a preseason win. He was suspended a second time Oct. 25 for what the Mavericks called "conduct detrimental to the team."
West, though, still wants to play basketball, if his Twitter pleas are any indication. He says he's a "High Q player/person ..low cost...great influence on young P," and added, "Only ask for communication about when checks come up missin or short...other than that...let's win some games and have fun while we doin it!"
West admits in a later tweet that this is "my resamay."
"Coach&?, let's go&take me a day or two to figure offense and a few mins to figure out defense...!!"
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