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Bernard James
Bernard James
Position: F-C
Born: 02/07/85
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 109 kg.
Salary: $0
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“Hopefully it’s a little bit not quite as interesting as last summer,” James told Mavs.com while assessing his pending free agency in an interview Tuesday. “You know, I’ve been talking to my agent a lot, and there’s a few teams interested. But, hopefully, I’d like to be back here with the Mavericks. We’ll see what happens in the draft, what’s their needs and whoever [Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle] find for next year. Whatever players they sign, hopefully there’s a spot for me and there’s a niche I can carve out. We’ll see what happens, man, but I’m expecting it not to be quite as crazy as the last two summers.”
James might return to Dallas again, at least for training camp, but it’s doubtful that he will do so on a guaranteed contract. The Mavs made the mistake of guaranteeing the one-year minimum deal James signed last summer, only to waive him to training camp. The Mavs had to pay him while he played in China, then he double-dipped when he came back to Dallas on a couple of 10-day deals before signing for the rest of the season in early March.
The Mavericks were looking for a frontcourt player on a 10-day deal even before starting center Tyson Chandler suffered an ankle injury in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles ‎Clippers. But sources told ESPN that Dallas has been working to seal a deal to re-sign James. James played this season in China after being released by the Mavericks in October but is available now that his contract with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks has run its course. Sources said Dallas is trying to secure the needed letter of clearance from FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to clear James to return to the NBA in time for Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz.
The Mavs reached the NBA maximum of 15 players Saturday when they waived center Bernard James, guard Doron Lamb and forward Ivan Johnson. Most of the $915,243 James was slated to make this season is guaranteed. But the Mavs decided the 3-point shooting Charlie Villanueva displayed in the eight preseason games outweighed what they received from James.
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Not even the prospect of an injury, which could interfere with his plans and affect his contract status, is enough to keep James off the Mavs’ summer league roster. “Knock on wood, but I managed to stay healthy pretty much throughout college and these last two years in the NBA,” James said after Monday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “So I’m not really worried about it. “I know how to take care of my body.”
James knows the summer league route is his best chance to get a leg up on the competition and prove that he’s worthy of receiving more minutes. “I feel like contractually it’s the same as the last two summers,” James said. “The first year I wasn’t guaranteed a contract, the second year it was a team option. “And this year I’m a free agent, so for me it’s the exact same situation. I’m playing for a contract, so that’s the way I’m going to go out there and play. That’s my mindset.” The 29-year-old James, who spent six years in the U.S. Air Force, knows what he must improve to earn more court time.
Along with Nowitzki, who took over for Mike Modano as the host of the event a couple years back, an assortment of sports celebrities will be on hand for the game, presented by Baylor Medical Center, including: Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Bernard James, Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo, plus head coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant; the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin; former Texas Rangers great Michael Young; former Dallas Mav Jason Terry; the Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons and MLB All-Star Vernon Wells.
The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Jae Crowder, Shane Larkin and Bernard James to the NBA Development League for a likely one-game stay and have recalled Ricky Ledo. All three regulars on the Dallas roster were set to be available for a home game Thursday night for the team’s D-League affiliate in suburban Frisco. The Mavericks play at home Friday night against Chicago.