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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Meet the Mavs: Ricky Ledo

By Tim MacMahon

With nine new players on the Dallas Mavericks' roster, introductions are necessary. Over a 15-day span, ESPNDallas.com will take a look at each of the team's players with guaranteed deals.

Ricky Ledo
The Mavericks see Ricky Ledo, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard, as a high-potential project.

Ricky Ledo

Age: 21 | Position: SG | Salary: $544,000

Role for Mavs in 2013-14: It’d be a bonus if Ledo, who didn’t play college basketball because he was declared ineligible at Providence last season, carves out a role with the Mavs this season. He should be the leading scorer for the D-League’s Texas Legends.

What happened this summer?: The Mavs acquired the 43rd overall pick to get Ledo, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard they see as a high-potential project. The four-year contract Ledo signed provides evidence of the Mavs’ commitment to developing him. He got $60,000 more than the minimum in his first season, and the Mavs guaranteed the first two years of the deal (almost $1.4 million), which is not required for second-round picks. In exchange, Ledo and agent Seth Cohen agreed to a four-year deal that the Mavs hope will be a bargain for the last couple of seasons.

What does the future hold?: The Mavs hope that Ledo, who has an intriguing blend and size, skills and athleticism for a wing scorer, will become a Chandler Parsons-type of value. The worst-case scenario is he’ll be an inexpensive gamble that doesn’t pay off.

Bottom line: This is a developmental season for Ledo.