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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.

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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.

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The Mavericks already had 15 players – the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed contracts when they signed Charlie Villanueva to a non-guaranteed deal.

Dallas apparently intrigued Villanueva, who also reportedly had an offer with the Clippers, a team with an open roster spot.

But when he arrives at Mavericks training camp, he’ll find an even more crowded field of players trying to break onto the roster.

Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

To clarify, a team must sign a player to an NBA contract to bring him to training camp. So, Liz has an NBA contract. It’s just likely fully unguaranteed or maybe barely guaranteed. That way Dallas can waive him before the regular season with no or minimal penalty.

Liz just played in the World Cup for the Dominican Republic, a team dominated by Francisco Garcia, which should say something about the squad’s caliber. The Dominicans went 2-4 in the tournament, and Liz ranked fourth on the team with 6.5 points per game.

But he made 11-of-23 3-pointers (49 percent), and he shot 39 percent in Venezuela last year and 37 percent in Puerto Rico the year prior. Maybe that single dimension gets him to the NBA.

All said, it will be difficult for Liz to supplant a Maverick with a guaranteed contract, let alone the other players – Villanueva, Ivan Johnson and Eric Griffin – also trying to make the team without a guaranteed deal. Most teams will favor the players they already have to  pay, though maybe Dallas eats the salary of Ricky Ledo or Gal Mekal.

I just wouldn’t count on that.

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He chose Dallas.

Charlie Villanueva was trying to get another NBA contract, documenting every step, after finishing a disaster of a five-year deal (well, for the time that had him, he made his $37 million) and it was down to the Clippers and Mavericks.

He chose Dallas, reports Tim MacMahon of

The key is the non-guaranteed part — Dallas can cut him without a cost. Dallas has 15 players under guaranteed contract already (teams can only carry 15), plus a couple guys such as Ivan Johnson and Eric Griffin on partially guaranteed deals.

What Villanueva can bring to Dallas is being a stretch four to play behind Dirk Nowitzki, if he finds his shot again. Villanueva has long been a streaky shooter who gives a team that, some defensive rebounding, and little else. In recent years those good shooting streaks have gotten shorter — he took 60 percent of his shots from three last season and hit 25 percent of them.

If he’s healthy and hitting shots… still, it’s going to be hard for him to make this roster. But he’s made his choice.

Report: Charlie Villanueva weighing offers from Clippers, Mavericks


Charlie Villanueva, who has very publicly been documenting his free agency, might be on the verge of an NBA contract.

Five years ago, Villanueva signed a five-year, $37.7 million contract with the Pistons. It didn’t go so hot. From his final year with the Bucks through five years in Detroit, his scoring average dropped from 16.2 to 11.9 to 11.1 to 7.0 to 6.8 to 4.6.

Villanueva’s decline made it seem his time in the league might be finished.

But apparently, he has options.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

The Clippers, who’ve already signed Ekpe Udoh and Chris Douglas-Roberts, have 13 players with guaranteed contracts plus DeAndre Liggins on a non-guaranteed deal. They’re also reportedly interested in Ray Allen and Hedo Turkoglu, so they wouldn’t have room for both and Villanueva. But they also have just three bigs – Spencer Hawes, Glen Davis and Udoh – behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

With guaranteed contracts alone, the Mavericks already have the regular-season limit of 15 players. They also have Ivan Johnson and Eric Griffin on partial guarantees. What they don’t have: a stretch big besides Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas has made a habit lately of buying low on talented players and then putting them in position to succeed, and Villanueva fits the bill. But I don’t see how the Mavericks have room for him.

My advice to Villanueva: Join whichever team offers a higher guarantee. If the guarantees are equal – or maybe even close – go to Los Angeles. The Clippers offer a much better chance of making the team.