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The Dallas Mavericks suspended guard Delonte West for conduct detrimental to the team, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters.

Though Carlisle didn't cite a reason, ESPNDallas.com reported that the punishment stems from a locker room outburst following the Mavericks' preseason win Monday.

He tweeted late Monday: "Sorry moma..." and "I showed off on ur birthday again..."

An eight-year veteran, West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. That condition contributed to a September 2009 arrest on weapons charges, an incident that led a 10-game suspension by the NBA league.

West averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists last season for the Mavs.

--Veteran guard Derek Fisher is eligible to return to the Los Angeles Lakers in the event that the team wants him back.

NBA officials verified that the Lakers could choose to re-sign the 38-year-old Fisher without a waiting period, ESPN.com reported.

It was reported previously that Fisher could not return to the Lakers until next March because of a one-year waiting period after the Lakers traded him to the Houston Rockets this past season. However, the Rockets bought out Fisher's contract before he could invoke an option for this season, and that means he's eligible for free agency.

Fisher finished last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which reached the NBA Finals.

--A new stadium in Seattle designed for NBA and NHL teams will continue to move forward after the City Council and Metropolitan King County Council voted to support a Memorandum of Understanding for investor Chris Hanson's proposed $490 million stadium.

The stadium will include $200 million in public funds, and Monday's vote is seen as the next step in the road to building the venue.

The biggest of which is obtaining a current NBA franchise, because the league has no plans to expand.

There is also now a 21-day window for legal challenges, and at least one is expected from the local Longshoreman Union, according to the Seattle Times.
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