Mavs give Mike James another 10-day deal

DALLAS – The obvious is official: The Mavericks will sign Mike James to a second 10-day contract.

Coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that after Thursday’s practice. The fact that James played a significant role in the Mavs’ win Wednesday night over the Rockets, helping close out Houston, offered a pretty strong clue he’d be back.

“Coach is continuously putting trust in me out there on the court, and I’m going to continue taking advantage of it,” James said. “I’ve been here before. I’ve been an NBA player longer in my career than I’ve played any other place, so I’m just going to continue taking full advantage of this.”

After the second 10-day contract expires, the Mavs will have to make a decision on whether they want to keep James, which would mean guaranteeing his veteran minimum salary for the rest of the season.

The 37-year-old James has eight points and five assists in five appearances for the Mavs, his 11th NBA franchise. However, Carlisle appreciates James’ physical, intense defense and solid decision-making, attributes reflected by the fact that the Mavs have outscored foes by 20 points in his 41 minutes on the floor.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m not supposed to be nowhere but the NBA,” said James, who has had several overseas stints and worked his way back into the NBA via the D-League the last two seasons. “I don’t think I’m a FIBA player. I don’t think I’m a D-League player. I know I’m an NBA player.”