Mavericks waive Delonte West

The Dallas Mavericks waived guard Delonte West on Monday, ridding them of an off-the-court problem and providing a roster spot for Eddy Curry.

West had been suspended twice in less than two weeks during the preseason for conduct detrimental to the team. The Mavs had suggested he was a bad influence on the young players.

The decision to leave him off the 15-player roster was not unexpected. He may be picked up by another team willing to take a chance on him.

West, 29, played in seven preseason games for Dallas, averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.

Last season, he played in 44 games, including 33 starts, for the Mavericks, and averaged 9.6 points.

Curry, picked up on waivers Thursday after he was cut by the Spurs on Tuesday, is expected to be the Mavs' starting center in their regular-season opener on Tuesday against the Lakers.