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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-07-25


Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-07-25


Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-07-25
DRAFT PICKS:

Rodrigue Beaubois, G, 6-2, France (first round) -- Mavs like his extraordinary wing span, quickness and leaping ability, but he's more a piece for the future than a title run next season.

Nick Calathes, G, 6-5, Florida State (second round) -- Taken by Minnesota at No. 45 and then acquired by the Mavs, who have been fans for some time. He could gain seasoning next year in Greece.

Ahmad Nivins, F, 6-9, St. Joseph's (second round) -- Taken with the 56th pick, the Mavs hope his experience as a four-year college player will translate into immediate spot help on the blocks.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Mavs "lost" C Marcin Gortat when the Magic matched the Mavs' five-year contract offer. During the time Orlando mulled matching for Gortat, they signed away F Brandon Bass, one of the Mavs' only physical presences off the bench. Dallas rebounded some by acquiring versatile F Shawn Marion in a four-team trade that sent Jerry Stackhouse to Memphis (who quickly released him) and Antoine Wright and Devean George to Toronto.

Because the Magic matched Gortat's offer, the full mid-level exception was returned to the Mavs. With the free-agent market dwindling, the Mavs could split the mid-level on a couple of players as they also continue to examine additional trade possibilities.

PLAYER NEWS:

--G Rodrigue "Roddy" Beaubois, the Mavs' late first-round draft pick out of France, put himself on the local radar with a strong showing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, leading Dallas with a 17-point average in the five games. The 6-2 guard displayed excellent quickness and ball-handling skills throughout, raising hopes that perhaps he can be groomed to replace Jason Kidd in a few years.

Beaubois, 21, injured a knee during the summer league, but it wasn't serious.

"I think I made some good things happen," Beaubois said. "But, I don't think I was consistent enough. I did well in some games, but I need to be more consistent."

--F Ahmad Nivins headed to Las Vegas knowing a solid showing could go a long way toward landing him at Mavs training camp and even on the regular-season roster with the departure of Brandon Bass to the Orlando Magic and James Singleton still unsigned.

"This is an experience to remember, definitely," said Nivins, a 6-9, 242-pounder out of St. Joseph's. "I've been to plenty of camps and workouts, but this had so much on the line. It was a great experience. I can walk out of here with my head up."

Nivins, the 56th pick in the draft, raised eyebrows. In five games, he averaged 11.2 points on 53.7 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 27.2 minutes.

--G/F Quinton Ross is coming home after he signed a contract with the Mavs for next season. After four seasons with the Clippers and last season with the Grizzlies, Ross, a four-year player at SMU, has signed on to play in his hometown.

Known mostly for his defense, the 6-6 Ross is expected to add depth to the Mavs' backcourt. He's averaged 20.4 minutes over his first five seasons in the league on bad teams. He likely won't see anywhere close to that type of playing time with Josh Howard and Jason Terry ahead of him.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--F Josh Howard (left ankle/wrist surgery) will continue to rehab with the Mavs and is expected to be at full strength for the start of training camp.

--G J.J. Barea (left shoulder surgery) will continue to rehab with the Mavs and hopes to play for the Puerto Rican national team in August in the FIBA Americas tournament.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 25, 2009

 

 
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