Mercurial fan favorite Delonte West remains unsigned despite persistent declarations of mutual interest by the Dallas Mavericks as well as West himself. Meanwhile, the team continues to wheel and deal in the recovery effort post-Deronquest, yet the only significant move that has been made "official" at this point(we believe) is the Ian Mahinmi-Dahntay Jones/Collison swap. What does it mean?
West seemed like a no-brainer signing to help ease the pain of missing out on Deron Williams, especially given his rapport with teammates and coach Rick Carlisle, and we had heard that West would make a decision last week, after the initial flurry of free agent activity. That didn't happen. Now other teams seem to be sneaking onto the radar:
Delonte West: Report: Bulls interested in Delonte West
Delonte West - G - DAL - Jul. 19 - 8:42 am et
Delonte West, Randy Foye, Willie Green and Marco Belinelli are possible additions for the Bulls, a source tells CSN Chicago.
All four players are unrestricted free agents. We've heard that Belinelli is on the Bulls' radar, but the other three are all new names. Chicago is known to be in the market for another wing, and these guys would represent potential bargains if the team can't land someone like Courtney Lee.
With O.J Mayo added to what is suddenly something of a guard-clutter, is West no longer in the plans? Is it the cost, perhaps, rather than the roster space? Dallas was believed to have something in the neighborhood of $4.5 million in cap space after the bargain winning bid of Elton Brand, but presumably all or most of that will go to Mayo. If no other deal to shed space is in play, Dallas would be left with the room exception of $2.5 mil, and it is possible that Delonte will receive or has already received better offers. The "if" in that sentence is worth repeating, because, as mentioned, so few of the other free agent signings remain unofficial, giving rise to speculation that the team is waiting to assess potential trade options.
I, for one, would love to see West back, not only for his phenomenal tweeting, but because, to paraphrase the good Doctor Merkwürdigliebe, the need for a veteran backup point guard might be not only possible for this team, but essential. As currently constructed, Dallas will be relying most likely on either Mayo, or the rotating daily special of Promising yet Frustrating Young Guards(abbreviated to PFYG's, pronounced in silent P form to "fig") for backup point guard duty, and I don't know if I trust those figs just yet.