DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West will meet with coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson later today to discuss an outburst he had in the locker room following Monday's game at American Airlines Center against the Houston Rockets.
The Mavs suspended West following the incident for "conduct detrimental to the team,'' according to Carlisle. But they plan to get to the bottom of the situation today.
"He's been suspended and we're going to talk to him today a little bit later -- Donnie and I are -- and hopefully get it resolved quickly,'' Carlisle said this afternoon. "It was a conduct issue and we're addressing it.''
Asked if West's outburst was something that has been brewing, Carlisle said: "I don't think that that's something that's appropiate to get into. Look, the hope is that it's going to be resolved quickly, and we're going to talk to him today and see where it is.''
While Carlisle didn't reveal exactly what West did to earn the suspension, West was seen angrily pulling off his jersey after the game and tossing it to fans.
Carlisle wouldn't say if West's trangression will be a distraction for his younger players, or if he had enough veterans in the locker room to smooth the situation over.
"We'll work through it,'' Carlisle said.
Carlisle isn't sure if West will play in Wednesday's home game against the Phoenix Suns.
"I hope it gets resolved quickly,'' Carlisle said. "But until we talk to him and hash through it, I won't know for sure.''
West is an eight-year veteran who has had problems in the past. But guard OJ Mayo said this is an issue the Mavs will be able to overcome.
"We have a great locker room,'' Mayo said. "I'm pretty sure guys will give D-West a call and make sure all is well.
"I'm pretty sure coach did what he felt was best for the team at the time. That's the way it goes.''
The Mavs signed West to a one-year, $1.2 million free agent contract this past summer with the hope that he could still bring that tenacious defense that he brought to the court last season.
"By the end of the day we've got to keep on getting better and when he comes back we'll have our arms open for him and welcome him back and just continue working.''
Mayo said if a team does have issues, it's best to have them during the preseason so they can perhaps be squashed by the time the regular season starts.
"D-West is a great person, so I honestly didn't see what happened, but obviously coach did what was best for the team.''
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