Get To Know Delonte West

@TTwersky reports and @espn_macmahon confirms that the Mavericks have agreed to a one-year deal with Delonte West. West was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and served as their starting point-guard during the 05/06 and 06/07 campaign. He got traded on the Draft Day in 2007 to the Oklahoma City Thunder (back then Seattle SuperSonics) as part of the package that landed the Celtics Ray Allen. In the upcoming season he soon joined LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and was moved to the shooting-guard position after the acquisition of Mo Williams.

In the aftermath of "the Decision" he got traded to the Timberwolves and then ultimately got waived. The Celtics picked him up once again to back up Rajon Rondo, but off-court struggles prevented him from playing too much.

So far West has averaged 9.7 Points on 44.7% shooting (37.3% 3P) during his 7 years, alongside 3.6 Assists, 3.0 Rebounds and a PER of 13.8. He will probably serve as the backup point guard behind Jason Kidd as the Mavericks seem to be unsure about their young prospects or at least need an emergency plan if Rodrigue Beaubois and/or Dominique Jones will fail to play up to their potential. He also fills a void in replacing some of the hard-nosed defense that left with DeShawn Stevenson at that position.

Delonte West apparently completes the 15-man roster and leaves the Mavericks with a glaring hole at the Center position for now. Only Brendan Haywood is considered a reliable option and if the Mavericks won't make further moves, Ian Mahinmi better steps up or we'll see a lot of "small" lineups with Dirk or Odom playing the 5.

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