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News » Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-07-17

Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-07-17

Dallas Mavericks Notes, Quotes 2008-07-17
--G Antoine Wright, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Mavericks, receiving a two-year deal. Terms were not announced. Wright scored 6.3 points per game last season for New Jersey and Dallas. He arrived in the trade that brought G Jason Kidd to the Mavs. F James Singleton and G Keith MacLeod also signed with Dallas.

--Gana Diop returned to the Mavericks on the first day free agents could sign new contracts, inking a five-year deal starting at the mid-level salary exception and worth nearly $33 million. Diop spent two-and-a-half seasons with Dallas before being traded to New Jersey as part of the Jason Kidd blockbuster trade.

"You've got to be happy," said Diop, who was pursued by several teams. "This feels good. I felt this is the place for me to be. I've had a good time in Dallas. I love the city. I was back here two days after the season ended."

He can't wait to start working with new coach Rick Carlisle. Diop is headed to Las Vegas, site of the NBA Summer League, to work individually with Carlisle.

"He was a big part of me coming back," Diop said of Carlisle, who took an active role in the recruitment process.

--Mavs owner Mark Cuban didn't criticize the NBA's recent hire of Army Maj. Gen. Ronald L. Johnson on Tuesday as senior vice president of referee operations. In fact, the noted league critic, especially when it comes to officiating issues, praised the move.

"I'm thrilled," Cuban said. "I think it's the perfect hire. He has experience managing professionals in high-stress situations."

That he does. Johnson recently retired after 32 years of service as a combat engineer, including a stint in Iraq. The newly-created position comes in the wake of the Tim Donaghy scandal, as the league attempts to clean up its image and its officiating programs.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any scenario where you have thirteen or fourteen spots, then you'll have five or six spots open depending on how things go. So there's a lot to be decided between now and October. We're looking at everything. We'll look at trades, this, that, and the other." -- Rick Carlisle, on filling roster spots.

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