Delonte West waits as Mavs pursue Deron Williams

Posted Sunday, Jul. 01, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

FRISCO -- Delonte West knows he has to exercise some patience during one of the most important off-seasons in the Dallas Mavericks history.

West is a free-agent guard who would love to know if he'll be staying with the Mavs. But the eight-year veteran also knows he is not at the top of the Mavs' free agency wish list.

That honor belongs to Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, who will meet today in New York with coach Rick Carlisle, general manager Donnie Nelson and team rep Michael Finley as they attempt to convince him to sign a four-year, $75 million free agent contract with the Mavs.

While the Mavs' primary focus is on Williams, West will have to wait.

"Free agency is kind of tricky," West said. "First and foremost, you always want to go after the guys at the top of free agency, guys that can definitely put your team over the top. After that I think the dominoes will fall into place."

West signed a one-year, $1.18 million free-agent contract with the Mavs last Dec. 13 and endured a season riddled with injuries.

West played 44 games, including 33 starts, and averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. He shot 46.1 percent from the field, 35.5 from 3-point range and 88.6 percent of his free-throw attempts.

The Mavericks like his aggressiveness. But they haven't given West a commitment.

"Obviously I'd love to remain here in Dallas," West said.

West missed 21 games after he had his fractured right ring finger surgically repaired.

He has declared the injury completely healed, and even played in Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game this past Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

For now, though, West has to let the business side of the NBA run its course.

"Beyond personal feelings of wanting to be here and liking the city and liking everything about the organization, as business goes I think that my game and what I bring to the table definitely will be an asset to this team," West said. "From that sense, I've got my mind set on being here in Dallas.

"But it's a business. I've been around for nine years, so things can change in 24 hours."

That could be the case in regard to Williams, who said he wants his basketball future determined by Wednesday.

Williams is deciding between the Mavs and Nets because he's leaving Thursday for Las Vegas to begin training camp for the Olympics.

West understands all the fuss being made about Williams, who is this summer's marquee free agent.

"Every team in the NBA would love to get a player of his caliber," West said. "He does so many things well.

"With a team that's already established and has the pieces to get back to the championship, him coming to a team like Dallas will definitely let your team get right back in the top of the Western Conference and give you a chance to play for a championship."

If and when that time comes, West just wants to be in that number. In the meantime, he has to exercise some patience.

"I think everybody in free agency, we've got to wait and see what happens with Williams," West said.

"That's just the nature of the beast. That's just how this league is. I'm just patiently waiting my turn."

Mavericks make calls

Other free agents on the Mavericks' list include Marcus Camby, C.J. Miles, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Josh Howard, Joel Przybilla, Brandon Roy, Hasheem Thabeet and Dallas Wilson product Anthony Randolph.

With one of Nash's idols, Wayne Gretzky, as its recruiter, the Toronto Raptors offered Nash a three-year, $36 million contract on Sunday.

Nash reportedly also met with the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760


Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?

Friday, August 22Full Scoreboard
Baltimore1Final | Box
Chicago Cubs «4
Houston1Bottom 7th | Box
Cleveland1@theBallpark | TV: CSN-HOU, STO
Chicago WSox3Bottom 6th | Box
NY Yankees3@theBallpark | TV: CSN-CHI, MY9
St. Louis4Top 7th | Box
Philadelphia5@theBallpark | TV: FSN-MW, NBC 10
San Francisco4Bottom 7th | Box
Washington2@theBallpark | TV: MLB Net, CSN-BA, MASN
Tampa Bay7Top 7th | Box
Toronto0@theBallpark | TV: Sun Sports, SNET
Seattle0Bottom 6th | Box
Boston0@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-NW, NESN
Atlanta1Top 7th | Box
Cincinnati0@theBallpark | TV: MLB Net, FSN-S, FSN-OH
Kansas City4Bottom 4th | Box
Texas1@theBallpark | TV: FSN-KC, TXA-21
Pittsburgh4Top 4th | Box
Milwaukee2@theBallpark | TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-WI
Detroit1Bottom 3rd | Box
Minnesota6@theBallpark | TV: FSN-DET, FSN-N
Miami2Bottom 2nd | Box
Colorado0@theBallpark | TV: FSN-FL, ROOT-RM
San Diego 8/22 9:40 PM ET
Arizona TV: FSN-SD, FSN-AZ
LA Angels 8/22 10:05 PM ET
Oakland TV: FSN-W, CSN-CA
NY Mets 8/22 10:10 PM ET
Los Angeles TV: SNY, SportsNet LA
Full Scoreboard
Friday, August 22Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 4Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh21Final | Box
Philadelphia «31
Jacksonville63rd Qtr 13:38 | Box
Detroit7TV: WXYZ7
Carolina03rd Qtr 12:19 | Box
New England13TV: Panthers TV, WBZ
NY Giants7 Half Time | Box
NY Jets10TV: CBS 2
Oakland72nd Qtr 7:41 | Box
Green Bay14TV: CBS
Chicago 10:00 PM ET
Seattle TV: NFL Net, FOX32, Q13FOX
Tampa Bay 4:30 PM ET
Buffalo TV: NFL Network, WFLA
Tennessee 7:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: WKRN, CW69
Dallas 7:00 PM ET
Miami TV: KTVT, CBS11, CBS4
Washington 7:30 PM ET
Baltimore TV: NBC4, CSN-DC, WBAL
St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland TV: WKYC
New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: KARE 11, KCTV
Houston 9:00 PM ET
San Diego 4:00 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
Cincinnati 8:00 PM ET
Arizona TV: NBC
Full Scoreboard
Friday, August 22Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard