Mavericks suspend Delonte West

Posted: October 17, 2012

The Dallas Mavericks reinstated guard Delonte West after a brief suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the ban was lifted after the eight-year veteran met with Nelson and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Tuesday.

After Monday night's preseason win over Houston, Carlisle told reporters West was suspended without offering any details.

A former St. Joseph's star, West has battled bipolar disorder during his career. He was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland. Authorities said he was carrying three loaded guns and a knife when he was stopped for speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle in 2009.

West was a valuable player off the Dallas bench last season and is expected to fill a similar role in 2012-13.

Around the NBA. The Boston Celtics waived Dionte Christmas, a former Temple star. . . . Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hopes to avoid surgery after experiencing more swelling in his troublesome right knee. He sat out Monday's preseason game.

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