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Lin's prospects grow with Mavs squad

Guard becomes a hot commodity, nears NBA contract with summer performance

Updated: July 17, 2010, 12:20 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

LAS VEGAS -- That nice little story about Ivy Leaguer Jeremy Lin getting a shot with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team is about to get serious.

Lin is on the verge of signing an NBA contract, and it could be with the Mavericks, who view him as an intriguing developmental point guard and a strong candidate to run the club's new D-League affiliate that begins play this fall in Frisco.

"We're in discussions as we speak," Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said ...

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