Delonte West worked at a furniture store during the NBA lockout. The job he has now will be much more challenging.

Signed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract by the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, West was called in to be the backup to Jason Kidd at point guard, and also to showcase his skills at shooting guard.

In a sense, he's taking the roles held last season by J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson.

"Pound for pound he's one of the toughest guards in this league,'' guard Jason Terry said of the 6-foot-3, 185-pound West. "He'll fill the void that DeShawn and J.J. left, because he can penetrate like J.J. and he can shoot like DeShawn.

"And he can defend like DeShawn. So it was a great pickup."