Dallas Mavericks: Rashad McCants

Sources: Delonte West enters D-League pool

January, 23, 2013
Former Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West, out of the NBA since his release in November, has entered the D-League's player pool, according to sources close to the situation.

Delonte West might be hooping in DFW again, but not for the Mavericks. Ben and Skin break down the latest possibility of West playing for the Texas Legends.

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Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Memphis Grizzlies are still weighing whether to sign West to a 10-day contract this week.

But if the Grizzlies pass, West would be eligible to join the team at the front of the D-League waiver line, which sources say is the Donnie Nelson-owned Texas Legends, Frisco-based affiliate of the Mavericks.

Sources say that West hopes to play his way back into the league just like Mike James did earlier this month, earning a call-up from the Mavericks after a brief but successful stint in Frisco. James is nearing the end of his second 10-day contract with the Mavs and, according sources, is a strong possibility to be signed for the rest of the season next week.

A source close to West told Jeff "Skin" Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the guard prefers a potential situation with the Legends to the Grizzlies scenario in hopes that a good showing with the D-League team could put him back into favor with the Mavs, who released him before the regular season began.

The Legends, according to sources, made arrangements earlier Wednesday to bring back former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants, who played for Texas in the club's debut season in 2010-11. Because the Legends still held McCants' D-League rights, they don't have to wait out the waiver process to sign him.

McCants, 28, last played in the NBA with Sacramento in 2009 and is trying to play his way back into the league. ESPN.com reported in November that the Indiana Pacers expressed interested in McCants, but the high-scoring swingman signed in China when no NBA deal materialized. He averaged nearly 20 points per game this season for Foshan before the Chinese club elected to let him go.

McCants leaves Legends for China

December, 9, 2010
After appearing in just three games with the NBA D-League's Texas Legends, Rashad McCants is off to China.

One of McCants' representatives, Washington-based Lindsey Maxwell, told ESPNDallas.com in an email Thursday that McCants has elected to accept a lucrative offer from an unspecified Chinese team after the Mavericks declined to provide the former lottery pick any assurances about eventually securing a roster spot with them.

McCants hasn't played in the NBA since the 2008-09 season and ultimately decided to report to the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in Frisco three games into the Legends’ season in hopes of playing his way back onto the NBA's radar.

The Legends acquired McCants' D-League rights through a new allocation rule in the NBA this season that allows D-League teams to claim the rights to three players released by parent clubs in training camp. The shooting guard signed with the Mavs late in training camp and was released within 48 hours in a move essentially aimed at ensuring that the Nancy Lieberman-coached Legends would have McCants’ rights as opposed to merely hoping they could land him in the D-League draft.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban confirmed during the broadcast of the Legends' home opener on 103.3 FM last week that the team was indeed evaluating McCants as a potential in-season signee as a free agent. But Cuban made it clear that he wanted to see how willing McCants -- who was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft -- was to fit into a team structure after his time away from the NBA mainstream.

"We wanted to see Rashad,” Cuban said. “[We know] he can shoot. Now we've just got to see how focused he is. Is it important enough for him to come out here and work on both sides of the court? As opposed to, 'I'm just going to shoot, it's going to go in and then I'm going to wave to the crowd.' "

McCants, though, wasn't even starting for the Legends after the Mavericks assigned rookie Dominique Jones to the D-League at virtually the same time the former North Carolina star joined the team. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged just 18 minutes in his three outings, averaging 12.3 points as a reserve.

"This offer [from China] was promptly communicated to my client and he immediately asked me to contact the Mavericks' organization to explain the situation and to give them the opportunity to match it, offer him a roster spot or some assurances of a roster spot in Dallas," Maxwell wrote. "After some discussions between myself, [Mavericks president of basketball operations and Legends co-owner] Donnie Nelson and [Legends GM] Spud Webb, my client decided that he should explore his options in China. That process is ongoing, and we hope to have that deal finalized later today."

The Chinese team will have to pay a buyout of $45,000 to free McCants from his $25,500 contract, which he had pledged to donate to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation. The Legends will retain McCants' D-League rights if he wants to try another stint in the NBA's developmental league again, which is generally regarded as the most scouted and athletic league in the world outside of the NBA.

McCants practiced with the Legends on Wednesday, then left town to return to his Southern California home in anticipation of the move to China.

Rashad McCants may play Tuesday

November, 29, 2010
Former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants arrived in Dallas right around midnight Sunday and will officially join the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate for his first practice Monday, according to team sources.

Barring any snags, McCants is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday when the Nancy Lieberman-coached Texas Legends play their home opener against the Austin Toros.

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McCants missed all of training camp and the Frisco-based team’s first three games, but team officials never gave up hope that the shooting guard would eventually conclude that his best route back to the NBA was provided by the Legends, who arguably receive more exposure than any other team in the highly scouted D-League because of Lieberman’s presence on the bench and the four other former first-round picks (Antonio Daniels, Joe Alexander, Sean Williams and Reece Gaines) on the roster.

The delay in McCants’ arrival, one source close to the 26-year-old insisted, stemmed from a few lucrative offers in China that he ultimately turned down to join what ranks as a star-studded lineup by D-League standards.

The maximum salary in the D-League is $25,500 – well shy of the $2.6 million McCants earned in his last season in the NBA with Minnesota and Sacramento in 2008-09 – but the source said McCants intends to donate his Legends checks to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation (www.urbanborn.org).

The Legends ultimately envision McCants slotting into the backcourt next to Daniels, with Gaines at small forward, Alexander at power forward and Williams at center. They are 2-1 after recovering from a nationally televised season-opening loss to the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers with two weekend road wins over the Idaho Stampede.

The Mavericks signed McCants and Williams on Oct. 20 largely to ensure that the Legends could secure their D-League rights before the D-League draft. Both were waived by the Mavs within 48 hours of signing, but a new NBA rule allows D-League teams to claim the rights to three players from the training camp roster of their NBA parent teams who are released before Opening Night.

Because of the allocation rule, McCants has to play for the Legends if he wants to play in the D-League this season. It is generally assumed in NBA personnel circles that the No. 14 overall pick from the 2005 draft will almost certainly earn another NBA shot if he plays well for the Legends, despite more than a year passing since his last NBA job. He averaged 10.0 points per game in four pro seasons.

"I think this is an ideal situation for Rashad to prove to everyone in the NBA that he's got what it takes to be a star two-guard in this league,” Mavericks president of basketball operations and Legends co-owner Donnie Nelson said earlier this month. “If there's any work that needs to be done in terms of [fixing] the perception he has around the league, this is the perfect place for him to do that."

The Legends have a season-ticket base of roughly 1,700 at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, which will be configured to hold an estimated 3,500 fans for Legends games. Ticket information is available by calling (214) 469-0822 or going to the team’s website (http://www.nba.com/dleague/texas/).

Latest on Rashad McCants ... and Greg Ostertag

November, 11, 2010
*The Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco has begun two-a-day practices, but Rashad McCants is not the only absentee of stature.

The Texas Legends and coach Nancy Lieberman have expected for some time that 11-year NBA veteran Greg Ostertag would attempt a comeback by playing for the Legends or possibly join them as an assistant coach. Tag has been out of the NBA since the end of 2005-06 season.

But the 37-year-old from Duncanville has decided to shelve plans to resume his career for family reasons.

The difference here, of course, is that Ostertag has been in constant communication with the Legends about his intentions. McCants' next step remains a mystery.

Legends officials, though, continue to keep the door open for the enigmatic shooting guard, knowing that McCants has to play for them if he plays in the D-League this season and still convinced he'll ultimately report to Frisco if he continues to be shunned by NBA teams.

(Our man Rob Mahoney has more on McCants, from Lieberman's perspective, here at his excellent blog, The Two Man Game.)

Texas Legends await Rashad McCants

November, 3, 2010
Rashad McCants' name was indeed included when the Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco announced its roster earlier this week.

But the Texas Legends won't know until this weekend at the earliest if McCants is actually joining them.

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David Sherman/NBAE via Getty ImagesOne adviser to Rashad McCants, who was included in the Texas Legends roster, said he's still hoping to land an NBA gig.
McCants has to play for the Legends if he wants to play in the D-League this season after they acquired his rights through the NBA's new D-League allocation rules. Yet one of his advisers told ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday night that the 26-year-old continues to hold out hope of landing an NBA job.

According to Percy Miller -- widely known as Master P from his days as a rap artist -- McCants has received interest from "a couple NBA teams." Miller declined to name the teams but left the distinct impression that McCants intends to play out every NBA possibility, however remote, before reporting to the Legends.

The Legends open training camp under coach Nancy Lieberman this weekend and remain hopeful that McCants will ultimately show, since he didn't find a job anywhere last season and has been largely avoided by NBA teams for months.

Yet there have been doubts ever since McCants' lawyer, Lindsey Maxwell, told AOLFanHouse.com last week that the 26-year-old was discouraged not to receive more of a look from the Mavericks in training camp.

The Mavericks signed McCants and fellow recent former first-round pick Sean Williams on Oct. 20 largely to ensure that the Legends could secure their D-League rights before Monday's D-League draft. Both were waived by the Mavs within 48 hours of signing, but a new NBA rule enables D-League teams to claim the rights to three players from the training camp roster of their NBA parent teams who are released before Opening Night.

Williams, drafted No. 17 overall by New Jersey in 2007, is a Mansfield High product and has committed to be in Legends camp from the start. The Legends also acquired another recognizable name -- 12-year NBA veteran guard Antonio Daniels, who’s trying to work his way back into the league at 35 -- in Monday’s draft. (Jason Terry’s brother, Curtis, is on the roster as well.)

Legends officials remain optimistic that exposure, as much as anything, will ultimately convince McCants to join them, based on the premise that a strong stint in Frisco -- in a league generally regarded as the most scouted league in the world -- could start to repair a reputation damaged by concerns about McCants' willingness to fit into a team structure as well as his various injuries.

The Legends' Nov. 18 season opener at Rio Grande will be televised nationally on Versus, and they do figure to attract as much exposure as any D-League franchise can count on with Lieberman as the first-ever female coach of any team under the NBA's umbrella, Spud Webb and Del Harris as team executives, Mavericks president of basketball Donnie Nelson as co-owner and Chinese businessman Sonny Xiao as another co-owner.

Another perk: Tim Grgurich, one of the game's foremost skills gurus and a recent addition to the Mavs’ staff, will be made available to work with Legends players on occasion when his schedule permits.

Grgurich doesn’t have a formal title with the Mavs beyond "consultant," but it was an undeniable coup for Dallas to secure Grgurich’s services after his unexpected departure from George Karl’s bench Denver in the summer.

"Gurg doesn’t need a title," Nelson said. "Everybody knows what he does and they know he’s incredible. There’s a line at practice of guys who want to get on the court with him."

As for McCants, Nelson said: "I think this is an ideal situation for Rashad to prove to everyone in the NBA that he's got what it takes to be a star two-guard in this league. If there's any work that needs to be done in terms of the perception he has around the league, this is the perfect place for him to do that."

It is generally assumed in NBA personnel circles that McCants would almost certainly earn an invite back to the big leagues this season if he plays well in the D-League. McCants averaged 10.0 points per game in his first four seasons after being drafted No. 14 overall by Minnesota in 2005 but has scarcely been heard from since finishing the 2008-09 season with Sacramento.

Sources: Novak, Cardinal make Mavs' roster

October, 21, 2010
Veteran swingman Brian Cardinal and sharpshooter Steve Novak have made the Mavericks' opening night roster, according to team sources.

All NBA teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 15 players by Monday afternoon, but the leaguewide deadline for cuts was essentially Thursday because players need 48 business to clear waivers.

On Thursday, Dallas announced the release of guards Dee Brown and Adam Haluska, its other two players in camp.

The Mavs also waived swingmen Rashad McCants and Sean Williams.

McCants and Williams were signed earlier this week to audition for the Mavs and undergo physicals. Under a new rule instituted by the NBA starting this season, Dallas' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco can claim the rights to three of the four players released Thursday for the coming season as long as their D-League rights were not previously held by another team.

McCants and Williams are both expected to sign with the Texas Legends -- who will be coached by Nancy Lieberman and who are co-owned by Mavs president Donnie Nelson -- after clearing waivers next week.

After initial indications that the Mavericks would keep only Cardinal or Novak and leave one roster spot open, management decided to keep both, meaning Dallas will begin the season with 15 players.

Cardinal was always considered the favorite, sources said, but Novak came on strong as the preseason progressed.

Mavs might give McCants another look

February, 18, 2010
The Dallas Mavericks opted not to sign shooting guard Rashad McCants after he worked out for them this summer.

They're at least considering giving McCants another workout. McCants tweeted that he could come to Dallas for a workout tomorrow.

"no guarantees but I got some action..... FINALLY! half smile!" McCants tweeted.

A team source said nothing is set yet, but the Mavs are thinking about giving McCants a look. McCants, the 14th overall pick in the 2005 draft, has a career average of 10 points per game but hasn't played this season.

As a shooting guard, McCants certainly isn't high on the Mavs' priority list. They're actively looking for help at center, which could come once players begin getting buyouts.



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