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Mavericks waive player with guaranteed contract to add Charlie Villanueva to roster


When the Mavericks announced their final cuts in advance of Tuesday’s regular season opener against the defending champion Spurs, one name on the list was a bit of a surprise.

Bernard James, Doron Lamb and Ivan Johnson were the odd men out, but James had a $915,243 contract for the upcoming season, almost all of which was guaranteed.

Mark Cuban said he wouldn’t be afraid to eat a guaranteed deal if he felt another player was more deserving of that roster spot, and he was true to his word, choosing Charlie Villanueva and the scoring he could potentially provide as a replacement for James.

From Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram:

In an Oct. 12 game against Indiana, Villanueva played all 11 of his minutes in the fourth quarter and contributed 16 points and four rebounds during the Mavs’ 106-98 victory.

In that game Villanueva was 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line.

Even owner Mark Cuban, who repeatedly said he would eat a guaranteed contract if it made his team better, was impressed with what Villanueva accomplished against the Pacers.

“He’s been instant offense,” Cuban said. “When you score 16 points in a quarter on like eight shots, that’s ridiculous. In the NBA anybody can get hot. But that’s who he is.”

Villanueva’s deal is for $1.3 million, but is non-guaranteed, so if he ends up not being of value down the road, it may not ultimately cost the Mavericks that much.

But it’s nice to see a team choosing performance over finances, even if this is only a small example of that.

Victor Liz heading overseas, not to Mavericks training camp

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Remember Victor Liz?

He’s the sweet-shooting Dominican guard the Mavericks reportedly signed for training camp?

Well, either that deal never became official or Dallas let him out of it.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Dominican Republic free agent Victor Liz is working to re-sign overseas, meaning no deal with the Dallas Mavericks or another NBA organization, sources told RealGM.

This is no huge loss for the Mavericks. They already have 15 guaranteed contracts plus Charlie Villanueva, Doron Lamb, Ivan Johnson and Eric Griffin.

It’s unlikely any of the unguaranteed/partially guaranteed players crack the roster, and it would have been even less likely Liz was the one to make it.

If Dallas especially specifically wanted to audition a guard who’s an outside-shooting specialist, Lamb fits the bill.

Mavericks sign Doron Lamb

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For a team with a full roster, the Mavericks sure are landing some intriguing training-camp talent.

Dallas has 15 players with guaranteed contracts and is still pulling in players looking to break onto an NBA regular-season roster. While paying minimal or no guarantees, the Mavericks have landed:

Add one more to the list.

Mavericks release:

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Doron Lamb.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

The Bucks drafted Lamb No. 42 in in 2012 out of Kentucky, and in two seasons between Milwaukee and Orlando, he’s made 39 percent of his 3-pointers.

Lamb, like Dallas’ other minimally/non-guaranteed players, is a longshot to make the roster. Most likely, the Mavericks will waive him before the season and assign him to their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.

At that point, any NBA team could sign him or Lamb could go overseas, but if Dallas keeps him close and develops him, he could join the parent club at some point.

Yes, his only top-level skill is spot-up shooting. But on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler, that skill has value.

Magic sign second-rounder Devyn Marble to three-year contract

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Three members of the All-Big Ten first team entered the NBA draft.

Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to the Kings.

Gary Harris went No. 19 to the Nuggets (via the Bulls).

And Devyn Marble went No. 56 to the Magic.

Stauskas and Harris were better than Marble in college, but the difference wasn’t that great.

Their draft stocks varied so much because Stauskas (Michigan) and Harris (Michigan State) each spent just two years in college, leaving them with higher perceived upsides. Marble, on the other hand, played four years at Iowa, creating the impression too much of his success was due to just being older than the opposition.

But, though Stauskas is 20 and Harris is 19, Marble is just 21 – young for a senior. He should have gone higher. Maybe not guaranteed-contract-in-the-first-round higher, but at least higher in the second round.

Marble will get some guaranteed money, though.

Magic team release:

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Devyn Marble, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The contract will be for three seasons, according to an industry source familiar with the terms of the contract.

Marble’s rookie season will be fully guaranteed.

His second and third seasons are non-guaranteed

Marble is half Orlando’s return in the Arron Afflalo trade. So, there’s a little pressure on him and Evan Fournier, the other piece the Nuggets sent, to prove the Magic didn’t get hosed as badly in the deal as everyone thinks.

But just because I believe Marble slipped too far in the draft doesn’t mean he’ll accomplish that. Most second rounders, even those picked in the high 30s, don’t make significant NBA contributions.

Coming in behind Victor Oladipo, Fournier and Ben Gordon and Doron Lamb, Marble will have a tough time cracking the rotation. But at least he has his NBA money.

Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson

• In the Celtics locker room there is a voting board up with the question: Who would you take in a fight, Kris Humphries or Rajon Rondo? That’s tough. Normally you want to go with the more scrappy guy and that’s Rondo, but he does give up eight inches and 60 pounds and that’s a lot to make up. Tough call. I’ll take Floyd Mayweather.

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw doesn’t expect Kobe Bryant to be ready for the season opener.

• Miami’s Norris Cole says he’s just trying to stay focused and ignore trade rumors. It’s training camp, 300 other NBA players will give you that exact same answer.

• Breaking down how Anthony Davis scored so well in his first preseason game — expect a big jump from him this season.

• Here’s an old photo of Dr. J and John Havlicek wearing sombreros.

• Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller is otu for Tuesday’s preseason game against Milwaukee due to a strained left hip flexor.

• Orlando’s Doron Lamb sprained his ankle Sunday and did not practice on Monday.

• Charlotte’s Al Jefferson missed the end of practice Monday’s due to a sore hamstring, however he expects to play on Tuesday so nothing serious.

• Why Clipper fans should be optimistic about their defense.

• Philadephia inked a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with reserve big man Gani Lawal.

• Chris Bosh was on Parks and Recreation last week.

• Javaris Crittenton murder trial update: He talked about wanting to “beat the s— out of” the prosecutor, you can probably imagine how well that went over with the judge. Enjoy your ankle monitor and curfew.

• Steve Nash and his wife have figured out their custody battle.

• Sergei Belov, the legendary Soviet player who was a key part of the disputed 1972 Olympic win over Team USA, has passed away.

• Finally, LeBron James’ son got an X-Box themed birthday cake which includes his father on the NBA 2K14 cover on it. The lesson here, if you’re LeBron’s son you get cool things.