DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks all but completed their roster today when they signed rookie forward Bernard James to a one-year contract worth $473,604.
James was the 33rd pick in last month's NBA Draft after averaging 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this past season at Florida State. The 6-10, 240-pounder was a Staff Sergeant while serving for six years in the Air Force, including three tours of duties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar.
During the Mavs' five games last week at the Las Vegas Summer League, James, 27, averaged 10.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest.
The signing of James gives the Mavs 14 players with guaranteed contracts. Delonte West will become the 15th player sometimes soon since the guard verbally agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Mavs.
-- Dwain Price
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