A judge issued an arrest warrant for F Leon Smith yesterday after learning the Mavericks' rookie left Illinois to receive psychiatric treatment in Texas.
"His bond slip states that he can't leave the jurisdiction of this court," Circuit Judge George J.W. Smith said.
The judge said the troubled 19-year-old, who signed a $1.45 million, three-year pro contract out of high school, should have gotten court permission before leaving his jurisdiction.
After the arrest warrant was issued, the Mavericks placed Smith on the suspended list for an indefinite period.
"This is no longer a basketball issue," team president Terdema Ussery said. "Leon must focus on getting the care that he needs. This action allows him to concentrate solely on that issue."
Defense attorney Dennis A. Berkson said Smith was in a Dallas-area hospital for psychiatric treatment under an NBA Players Association program.
Russ Granik, NBA deputy commissioner, said Smith's recent legal troubles in Chicago could nullify his contract with the Mavericks.
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