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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cavaliers sign G West

Cleveland Cavaliers manager, Danny Ferry announced that the club have locked up Delonte West on a new contract.

Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced Friday that the club has signed the 6-3 guard to a multi-year contract, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. West was reportedly seeking a three-year deal that would pay him around $5 million per season.

West became the Cavaliers starting point guard last season after he was acquired from the Seattle SuperSonics with Wally Szczerbiak as part of a three-team, 11-player trade, that also saw the club secure center Ben Wallace and forward Joe Smith from the Chicago Bulls.

"This is the first time since I was offered a scholarship at St. Joe's that I feel like I am valued as a person and a player," said West, 25. "The Cavaliers have shown me that they value me as a person and a player and that was the most important thing to me."

West averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 26 regular-season games with Cleveland last year and started all 13 postseason games for the team, averaging 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

His role with the club could change somewhat this season as the Cavaliers acquired point guard Mo Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade last month.

"We have consistently communicated our desire to keep Delonte as a member of this basketball team," Ferry said.

"His tenacity helps us on both ends of the floor and his defensive play certainly reflects how we want to play the game. Contending teams need areas of strength and need depth. Having Delonte, Mo (Williams) and Daniel (Gibson) certainly creates an advantageous situation for us."

West has career averages of 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists over


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