Dallas Mavericks: Devan Downey

Mavs quick to call undrafted players

June, 25, 2010
Moments after the conclusion of Thursday night's draft, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on the phone, personally calling players who had gone undrafted and their agents. The Mavs will sign four to five undrafted players and give them a shot to make the club's Summer League team that will play in Las Vegas from July 9-18.

On the Mavs' radar are several players they brought in for workouts, including Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg, Duke center Brian Zoubek and South Carolina guard Devan Downey.

Could Sherron Collins be on Mavs' board?

June, 16, 2010
The Dallas Mavericks are giving quite a few point guards a workout this week in preparation for the NBA draft on June 24.

The Mavs, without a first-round pick, pick 50th overall.

Not expected to be given a personal workout is Kansas guard Sherron Collins, who had been projected as a late first-round pick earlier in his career, but is now viewed as a late second-round pick if he's picked at all.

The 5-foot-11, lightning-quick senior was the heart-and-soul of the Jayhawks the last two years, even if his statistics last season suggest he was not as productive as his junior year.

Reports on Collins say he's lost weight, dropped his body-fat percentage and is in much better shape entering the draft than he was last season at Kansas as he averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 assists.

"If Collins is down there, which he could be, he's one of the better point guards in this draft, but it depends on how good you think he is," NBA director of scouting Ryan Blake said. "This is not a point-guard draft whatsoever, but the guy is tough, he's quick and he's proved it. He doesn't have size, but you have [J.J.] Barea, who is very tough, comparatively, the same kind of guy."

The Mavs are working out two undersized point guards today in 5-9 Devan Downey of South Carolina and 5-11 Courtney Fortson of Arkansas. Dallas could move Barea, who has just one year left on his contract, in a deal, which would make room for a third point guard behind Jason Kidd and Roddy Beaubois, who could see more time at shooting guard than point guard.

But, if Collins is available and the Mavs want a point guard, Collins could fit the bill.

Day 2 of draft prospect workouts

June, 16, 2010
The second of six days of draft prospect workouts is headlined by four guards who are longshots to be drafted, but all will likely sign with teams for a shot to impress during next month's summer leagues.

First up is 6-foot-4 guard/forward Matt Janning, who hails from J.J. Barea's alma mater, Northeastern.

Six-foot-3 Houston Cougars shooting guard Aubrey Coleman played high school basketball at Gulf Shores Academy, where former Maverick Gerald Green starred.

Then there's a couple of undersized point guards in 5-9 Devan Downey of South Carolina and 5-11 Courtney Fortson of Arkansas.
J.J. Barea is kind of like the Mavs’ version of Patrick Crayton.

He’s been a solid player, but he has no clear role due to the arrival/development of a young potential star. Roddy Beaubois is going to get Barea’s minutes. Like Crayton with the Cowboys, Barea is a nice insurance policy if he remains with the Mavs.

But the biggest difference – well, other than the fact that Barea’s mouth doesn’t generate juicy headlines – is the fact that Barea has significant trade value.

It was a no-brainer for the Mavs to pick up the team option in Barea’s contract for $1.8 million next season. But it’s far from a sure thing that he’ll be back in Dallas.

Other teams have inquired about Barea in trade talks with the Mavs many times over the last couple of years. That’s because he’s proven to be a decent player and has an inexpensive, cap-friendly contract.

Barea would be a nice complement to the Mavs’ best trade chip this summer, Erick Dampier’s instantly expiring $13 million contract. Pairing Barea with Dampier’s deal would add basketball value to the package without dramatically altering the finances.

The Mavs can find another undersized, scoring-minded guard to take Barea’s spot on the roster. South Carolina’s Devan Downey and California’s Jerome Randle are expected to work out in Dallas before the draft.

The best way Barea can help the Mavs now is as trade bait.



Monta Ellis
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ReboundsT. Chandler 11.4
AssistsR. Rondo 6.4
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksT. Chandler 1.3