By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Unrestricted free agent Mike James is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
The talks are ongoing, and a deal could be reached in the next several days. James is on his last legs as a pro, as the 38-year-old doesn’t have much time left in his career.
“The expectation is he will sign, he deserves it and so we will see how it shakes out,” James’ agent, Bernie Lee said. “Mike simply wants an opportunity like everyone else to prove his worth.”
James has played for 11 different teams in his career. But he played for the Mavericks last season, where he guided Dallas to a 16-7 record as a starter.
But during the off-season, the team added a lot of depth at the guard position. So, with Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Shane Larkin, and Wayne Ellington signed this off-season, there is not enough room for James to make the roster again.
He played in 45 games last season with the Mavericks, where he averaged 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. After that season, he said he had no plans to retire.
The 45 games were the most since the 2008-09 season, where he played in 61 games with the Washington Wizards. And has only played in more than 80 games twice in his career – 82 games in 2006-07 with the Minnesota Timberwolves and 81 games with the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons.
He has averaged between 11 minutes and 27 minutes per game. But during the 2005-06 season with the Toronto Raptors, he averaged 37 minutes a game.