DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of adidng a former Most Valuable Player to their roster.
On Monday, the Mavs will sign point guard Justin Dentmon to a 10-day contract to fill the spot vacated when Dallas released point guard Chris Wright this past Friday. Dentmon plays for the Texas Legends of the National Basketball Developmental League in Frisco.
Also, while starting all 40 games for the Austin Toros and averaging 22.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.2 minutes per game, Dentmon was named the MVP of the D-League for his performance during the 2011-'12 season.
"We obviously like him -- we had him in our summer progrm -- otherwise we wouldn't be looking at him,'' coach Rick Carlisle said after Sunday morning's shoot around at American Airlines Center. "We'll get him as ready as we can to go as quickly as we can.''
Undrafted out of Washington in 2009, Dentmon stands six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds and will be signed once he passes a physical on Monday. He averaged 22.3 points, four rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season for the Legends.
Dentmon also has been well-traveled, having played professional basketball in Israel, Venezuela, Italy and the Dominican Republic. In addition, Dentmon signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs and a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors in 2012.
To make room for Dentmon, the Mavs released point guard Chris Wright this past Friday. Wright played in three games and tallied two points on 1-of-2 shooting while becoming the first known person with multiple sclerosis to play in the NBA.
"We liked his game, but we're at a point now where this is an opportunity for us to look at some different guys,'' Carlisle said of Wright. "We know Dentmon in a context of the D-League team.
"But to get a chance to look at him close up with our guys in practices -- potentially in games -- is something we feel is valuable.''
-- Dwain Price
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