Antoine Wright signed a two-year contract to return to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. The former Texas A&M standout is entering his fourth NBA season, the first two-plus were spent playing alongside Jason Kidd in New Jersey. The 6-foot-7 shooting guard was in the midst of his best season as a pro last year as the Nets' sixth man, but his playing time dramatically decreased once he arrived in Dallas as part of the blockbuster deal for Kidd.
Wright's new deal is believed to be around $2 million a season.
Former coach Avery Johnson didn't use Wright much, but when Wright did he get in he displayed an ability to get to the basket and he's always been noted as a pretty good defender. He'll likely enter training camp with a shot at competing for the starting 2-guard job. In 56 games last season, Wright averaged a career-high 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.0 minutes per game.
The Mavs also signed two summer-league roster players, point guard Keith McLeod and forward James Singleton to one-year deals. McLeod played part of one season for Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle at Indiana and Singleton has NBA experience with the Clippers. Both begin play tonight in Las Vegas with a little more security.
Both played last season overseas. McLeod (6-2, 190) was a member of Montepaschi Siena, the winner of the Italian National Championship in 2007-08. In four games, he averaged 4.5 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 14.4 minutes in Euroleague play. The four-year pro has played with four NBA teams (Minnesota, Utah, Golden State and Indiana) and holds career averages of 5.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 200 games with 88 starts.
AnOhio native, McLeod played four years of college basketball at Bowling Green State University and finished as the school’s second-leading scorer (1,895 points). He went undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft.
Singleton (6-8, 230) spent the 2007-08 season with the Spanish National Champion TAU Cerámica. In eight games after coming back from a knee injury, he averaged 3.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists. In Euroleague action, he averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven games. Prior to that, he spent two seasons (2005-06, 2006-07) with the Clippers. In 112 career games with 10 starts, he has career averages of 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.1 minutes a game.
After going undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft, Singleton signed with Sicc Cucine Jesi and was named All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year.
-- Jeff Caplan