BIGGEST NEEDS: The Mavs needed an infusion of youth and athleticism, especially on the perimeter. They signed Gerald Green and re-signed Antoine Wright to shore up the swing spots. Reyshawn Terry and Foster also have a shot to make the roster. Another veteran backup point guard might be a target.
FREE AGENT FOCUS: Antoine Wright, Gana Diop, Gerald Green, J.J. Barea and James Singleton have signed contracts. Keith McLeod also inked a non-guaranteed deal. Other than another minor move, the team is basically done in the free-agent market.
--F Dirk Nowitzki is Germany's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. He was the subject of an online petition supporting that move. He is the first German basketball player so honored.
The German Olympic Sports Federation chose Nowitzki due to his perfect interpretation of the Olympic idea, according to a press release from the organization. The German Olympic delegation will enter the Olympic Arena "Bird's Nest" as the 198th of 205 nations. Nowitzki will then lead the 438 German participants at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing.
"It's a great honor and I'm very excited for the Opening ceremony on Friday," he said. "It has always been our dream to participate at the Olympic Games and now we finally made it."
--F Reyshawn Terry (6-8, 232) showed the consistency the coaching staff hoped for during his second summer league stint. He averaged nearly 10 points and six rebounds, and tallied a double-double in the last game. The 2007 draft choice benefited from getting stronger over the last 12 months and a shift in position.
"Terry played much better this year than last year," Rick Carlisle said. "One of the reasons was probably that we changed his position. We put him at the power forward instead of the small forward, and he did a very good job there."
The move with Terry mirrors the changes in the NBA and basketball in general.
"The game is becoming more sized-down and more quickness-oriented," Carlisle continued. "He got more done as a power forward. There are situations now with the way the game is played where quickness trumps size. His effectiveness at the power forward position as opposed to small forward is evidence of that."
--F Charles Rhodes isn't a training camp lock. The rugged forward is weighing various European offers and hasn't committed to a tryout with the Mavs yet. But the Mississippi State product has impressed everyone so far.
Rhodes (6-8, 245) averaged nearly 10 points and five boards, while shooting a robust 62 percent. Rhodes has been compared favorably to Brandon Bass, last year's summer league find. Bass is Dirk Nowitzki's designated backup, but there always seems to be room for frontcourt bangers with potential.
"We see Rhodes as an athletic, tenacious 4-5 type that can shoot the mid-range shot and is a very good rebounder," Rick Carlisle said.
--F Gerald Green, a freakishly-athletic swingman, was easily the standout during summer league, averaging 16 points and knocking down 17 three-pointers. But dominating in July means little.
"Gerald Green was a minimum signing for us and is a guy that we liked as a young talent," Rick Carlisle said. "He has a ways to go to develop. He came in on Day 1, showed a really good work ethic and attitude, and he improved."