DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks saw enough positives from Mike James during the past five games to convince them to sign the 37-year old point guard to a second 10-day contract.
That signing will come Friday, since James' current 10-day contract with the Mavs expires tonight at midnight.
In five games since joining the Mavs, James scored eight points, distributed five assists and was 3-of-16 from the field in 42 minutes. All five of James’ assists came during Wednesday’s 105-100
victory over Houston, including four of them in the tensed fourth quarter.
That was more than enough to convince the Mavs that they truly do need James.
"He brought exactly to the team what I told you 10 days ago,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "He's bringing some savvy-ness, just a swag about him, he's not scared of the big situations.
"He made some solid decisions on offense passing, he's just a solid all-around player. So yeah, he's definitely brought something to this ballclub, so it's no surprise that he's around for 10 more days.''
If the Mavs desire to keep James after his second 10-day contract expires, under NBA rules they'll have to sign him for the remainder of the season.
-- Dwain Price
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