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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.

Mavericks coach Carlisle says guaranteed contracts won’t impact who makes final roster

Dallas Mavericks Media Day 2014-2015

Like all NBA teams, the Dallas mavericks have more players in for training camp than they’ll be able to keep on the final roster once the regular season begins.

The idea is to get a look at guys who may help down the road, or in case an injury forces the team to add a player later in the season.

Dallas already has 15 players signed to guaranteed deals, which is the maximum the league allows. But it continues to add players who are intriguing, and head coach Rick Carlisle says that everyone who’s participating will have a real shot at making the final roster.

From Dwain Price of the Star-Telegram:

#Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said just because players have a total or partial guaranteed contract doesn’t mean they’ll make the final roster.

This is theoretically true with every team, of course, because if someone really stood out during training camp, it’s likely that the franchise would find a way to add that person to the roster.

But in Dallas, this is especially good news for guys like Charlie VillanuevaIvan Johnson and Victor Liz, considering it came directly from the head coach’s mouth.

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.