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Mavs, Delonte West agree to 1-year deal

12/12/2011

DALLAS – The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have filled out their 15-man roster by agreeing to a one-year deal with guard Delonte West, a source said.

West, 28, has started 225 games for four teams during his seven-year NBA career and can play either guard position. He was limited to 24 games for the Boston Celtics last season because of a wrist injury.

West, a full-time starter for a 66-win Cleveland team a few seasons ago, will play for the veteran’s minimum. He joins eight-time All-Star swingman Vince Carter and 2007 eighth overall pick forward/center Brandan Wright as players to sign with Dallas since the NBA lockout was lifted. Dallas also traded for reigning Sixth Man of the Year forward Lamar Odom from the Lakers and made a draft-day deal with the Trail Blazers for swingman Rudy Fernandez.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound West, who could become Jason Kidd’s primary backup, has career averages of 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. He also has a reputation as a tenacious defender.